An incredible true story of courage and deliverance that will haunt its readers.
In 1650 Anne Green, a young servant girl, gave birth prematurely to an illegitimate child. Sadly the baby died and poor Anne was falsely accused of infanticide. In front of a large crowd she was hanged and then carried to the College of Physicians to be dissected for medical science. But as Anne’s corpse lay on the table and the doctors assembled, a strange rattle was heard in her throat. Could she still be alive?Author Profile
Mary has been writing professionally for over twenty years and has published nearly eighty books for children and young people. She has written funny books, 'issue' books and spooky books, and has now settled into doing what she loves best: writing historical novels centering around real situations (The Great Plague in 1665, for example) and real people (Anne Green, who was hanged for infanticide in Oxford, 1650).Reviews
A riveting story which I simply had to finish,In her intriguing and captivating new book, Mary Hooper brings to vibrant life the fascinating true story of a girl who cheated the hangman's noose and lived to tell the tale,I really loved it . . . The beginning is excellent - it grabs you immediately and Anne' s strong narrating voice compels all the way through. It's one of those books that really stays with you after you've closed it,Newes from the Dead
is totally gripping . . . it is un-put-downable,Another fantastic historical novel from Hooper - I couldn't put it down,It's a gruesome tale but Hooper handles the subject matter brilliantly and I couldn't put the book down,It’s rare to find a story that grabs you so immediately by the throat and still manages to keep you captivated until the very last page, but Mary Hooper manages this masterfully in this hypnotising tale,A mystery based on a true story.,Hooper gives a dramatic account of the doctors' struggle to save her life, opposed all the way by the university authorities.,This true story is told with a blend of factual period detail and imaginative narrative… a haunting and original treatment of an historical tale.,Jonathan Stroud, whose intelligent Bartimaeus Trilogy was one of the best fantasy series of recent years, turns his talent for satire and adventure to Heroes of the Valley,A dark, spooky story of love and betrayal. I was so desperate to find out what happened next that I couldn’t stop reading!
This book is much darker than books I usually read, but it got me hooked!