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Author: Hannah Kent
"A vivid and poetic read…"
This the first novel by a young writer and is a bold choice of subject matter. The book has vivid characterisation and the story may appear 'grim' (a convicted murderess incarcerated in a farm pending her execution); it's based on a true story which the writer has researched and added fictionalised details to. Parallels are made between women in Icelandic sagas (which you don't need to know); they are strong and they can mete justice with no consequences. In contrast, life for intelligent women of an independent mind (literacy was high amongst women and children at the time) is portrayed as being incredibly difficult. The story is both literary and poetic.