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Now She is Witch: ‘Myth-making at its best‘ Val McDermid

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At one crucial moment, in an observation that might serve as an apt comment on the novel as a whole, the lady Lux has been serving says of stories: “Each person is stuffed full to bursting with them, fat as pigs ready for a feast.

It was either no full stops, lots of amphersands and inconsistent capitalisation or a sort of dreamlike prose which kept me at arms length.I couldn’t help but feel the heavy burden on my chest when I realised; nothing much had changed since then.

The chapters were perfect length-wise for me; someone who always checks where the end is when I start to read a new chapter.We join her story when her mother dies suddenly and she almost ends with the same fate as the angry mob-like villagers forcing her out of her home by committing the only thing which is imaginable in the cruelty of that era; arson. The importance of choice and desire are at the centre of this story, things that these women were either denied or given very little of. It’s winter and this play, which tracks a woman’s trajectory from maiden to mother to crone, is a small smudge of light in a grim surround of dark. The plot in general is quite mysterious, strung together in a way that means you can’t quite tell what is truth and what is metaphor.

to the right of their own function and the choice and forge of their own fate and future with their wisdom that comes from the biggest goddess of all; Mother Earth. Photograph: Massimiliano Donati/Awakening/Getty Images View image in fullscreen An eye for striking detail … Kirsty Logan.The book contains some very dark and harrowing content, and seems wound around the concepts of womanhood and personhood and all the insidious little parts of society along the way. But the one that I felt in my bones every time when she said; ‘If the owl is screeching under your window it means somebody is going to die. This is a book where you sit down to review it and end up having to ask yourself, how do I even start to describe it?

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