t4w Book Club: The Daylight Gate

West Sussex County Council Book Club report on The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

book-daylight-gateHidden from the winter weather in a café in Chichester, a somewhat depleted West Sussex County Council Book Club met to discuss The Daylight Gate, and of course, to eat lunch!

The book is a fictionalised account of a real case, the 1612 trial of the Lancashire “Pendle Witches’’.

This is what they had to say.

This was like a fairy tale for grown-ups. It set the scene well and got over a lot of detail. It was quite gruesome in places and it is horrific to think that people were actually treated like that.

The book was really easy to read, with a nice layout that was approachable and didn’t scare you off with tiny writing on a really densely filled page. It was also a really quick read – a couple of us read it over a weekend. And it was definitely a “page turner”; you wanted to know what was going to happen next.

However, a lot of us felt that it assumed a certain amount of knowledge of people and facts and they wanted to know more. A few people are intending to go off and read more about that period of history.

Essentially, people liked The Daylight Gate, but no-one raved about it.