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Newes from the dead by Mary Hooper

Publishers’ blurb

WRONGED. HANGED. ALIVE? (AND TRUE!) Anne can’t move a muscle, can’t open her eyes, can’t scream. She lies immobile in the darkness, unsure if she’s dead, terrified she’s buried alive, haunted by her final memory—of being hanged. A maidservant falsely accused of infanticide in 1650 England and sent to the scaffold, Anne Green is left with her racing thoughts, and her burning need to revisit the events—and the man—that led her to the gallows. Meanwhile, a shy 18-year-old medical student attends his first dissection, and notices something strange as the doctors prepare their tools . . . did her eyelids just flutter? Could this corpse be alive?

Further information

Mary Hooper’s website


One comment on “Newes from the dead by Mary Hooper

  1. In this book, “Newes from the Dead” the main character Anne Green is accused of killing her new-born child and is sentenced to death. As the novel continues Anne is about to be disected, after the execution when doctors hear her breathing. She is assisted to wake and in the end becomes famous as the girl who survived the gallows.

    Anne is a lonely, young and nieve girl who works in an old country manor house as a servant girl. Her mother and father who live miles away rarely see her. Anne is their only company aside from each other.

    I enjoyed the unpredicatability of the book and the attention to detail when describing events and scenery. I also enjoyed the sympathy and admiration for Anne with the difficulties she had overcome.

    I would definately recommend this book for the Catalyst Shortlist as it would appeal to many teenagers with the shocking events and adventures in the book.

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