Join us and share your passion for reading! The Manningtree Witches by AK Blakemore has been revealed as our new book.

Every two months we meet in person and virtually over tea and biscuits to discuss some of the best works in contemporary literature. We’ll explore short stories, novels, non-fiction, poetry, and works in translation, making these informal and friendly sessions the perfect way to meet like-minded readers and to discover exciting new reads. We’ll always choose books that are easy to purchase in hard copy online or in e-book format.

NCW Book Club: The Manningtree Witches by AK Blakemore

We are reading The Manningtree Witches by AK Blakemore (published by Granta) during April and May 2022. This beautifully written historical novel won the Desmond Elliott Prize and explores the witch trials of 17th century East Anglia with a humane grace. 

‘The best historical novel I’ve read since Wolf Hall.’

‘Not just the best debut novel I’ve read in years, it’s the best historical novel I’ve read since Wolf Hall.’ – Sandra Newman

There are plenty of ways for you to get involved with the Book Club:

Join our online community

Join our community space on Discord to connect with fellow readers and writers. Book Club members were the first to be invited, so come and join the discussion! Find out more.

Take part in a virtual or in-person book club discussion session

If you’re looking for something a little more interactive, you can join us in-person in the grounds of the beautiful Dragon Hall or online via Zoom for a book club discussion! Just sign-up for free and we will send you instructions ahead of time. Spaces are limited so we recommend booking your place in advance. 

Digital book club discussion session, Wednesday 25 May, 6pm BST, online (Zoom) → 

In person book club discussion (part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival), Friday 27 May, 6pm, NCW, Dragon Hall → fully booked! 

Where can I buy the book?

Place an order with The Book Hive. Mention the NCW Book Club and you can purchase The Manningtree Witches with a 20% discount.

The book is also available for purchase direct from the publisher via the Granta website.