Prejudices, old and new

Here is a link to the first few chapters of a new novel I’m working on. It’s called ‘The Witch Bottle’ and it’s a novel for young adults.

The Witch Bottle

It’s set in Derbyshire, in the Peak District, and it follows a teenager, Jane and her friend Lilith, the daughter of Polish immigrants, as they get caught up in a centuries old feud sparked by the murder of a suspected witch in the village in 1760.

It’s very much about prejudice and bigotry as well as identity, and how fear and hatred can get passed down the generations.

I’m struggling a bit with the tone as this is a move from writing for women, as well as trying to work out the best way to convey some of the historical content and how the prejudices affect families down the generations without confusing the audience. I think it’ll be a case of trial and error. Luckily I have my daughter aged 11 to test it on.

If you have the time to read it, I’d be really happy to have any thoughts you have about it.

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