The Butcher's Hook
'A HIGH-FINISH PERFORMANCE' Observer (New Faces of Fiction) 'DARK WEIRD AND GLORIOUSLY FEMINIST' Elle UK (Best New Books For 2016) 'A BOLDNESS RARE IN A FIRST NOVEL' Mail on Sunday 'A STRANGE, UNSETTLING STORY' The Times 'ONE TO WATCH' Guardian 'A STORY OF DISPASSIONATE, BLOODY BRILLIANCE' Sunday Express 'ONE OF THE HOTTEST DEBUT NOVELISTS OF THE YEAR' Glamour 'A GRIPPING, GIRL-POWER STORY' Sun 'A CRACKING READ' Cathy Rentzenbrink, Prima 'A SPIRITED, DARK DEBUT' Woman & Home 'STRANGE, DARK AND UTTERLY MESMERIC' Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites 'A MASTERFUL STORYTELLER' Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go 'BEWITCHING' Antonia Hodgson, bestselling author of The Devil in the Marshalsea 'A TRIUMPH' Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree Georgian London, in the summer of 1763. At nineteen, Anne Jaccob, the elder daughter of well-to-do parents, meets Fub the butcher's apprentice and is awakened to the possibilities of joy and passion. Anne lives a sheltered life: her home is a miserable place and her parents have already chosen a more suitable husband for her than Fub. But Anne is an unusual young woman and is determined to pursue her own happiness in her own way...even if that means getting a little blood on her hands.
Long-listed for Desmond Elliott Prize 2016.
Anne Jaccob is our protagonist, a young woman coming to age in wealthy Georgian society. This novel follows her through her lows, as she is arranged to be married to someone she does not love, to her highs, finding love and solace with the local butcher's son. But will the solace he provides be her salvation or damnation? This is a haunting but beautiful debut. –Anastasia, The Book Grocer
Janet Ellis trained as an actress at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is best known for presenting Blue Peter and contributes to numerous radio and TV programmes. A graduate of the Curtis Brown creative writing course, The Butcher's Hook is her first novel, and she is currently working on her next. In 2016 Janet was awarded an MBE for services to charities and theatre. janetellis.com twitter.com/missjanetellis instagram.com/missjanetellis The Butcher's Hook is also available as an audio digital download, narrated by Janet herself.