A novel that tells a four-hundred-year-old tale of witchcraft and intrigue, reimagining the life of a servant girl who accuses her neighbors of being witches.
About the Author
Michael Cawood Green is a writer and Professor in English and Creative Writing, in the Department of Humanities at Northumbria University.
What People are Saying About This
In The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong , reader, researcher and subject hunt and haunt each other through a collage of closely reticulated histories, fictions, autofictions and reflections. Between the lines, something uncanny to do with how and why we conjure voices from history manifests itself. This is a book that intrigues, compels and disturbs. Jenn Ashworth , author of A Kind of Intimacy,Cold Light, and The Friday Gospels
An impressive act of historical reimagining – thoughtful, subtle and frequently surprising. Ian McGuire , author of The North Water and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Manchester
I quickly found myself very much enjoying the voices in The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong ; that is, not only the story but the storytellers. Then, before the experience ended, the author's voice sounded out, letting me wonderfully into the telling – and thus exploring the practice of creative writing and the nature of research through such creative practice. Fabulous! Graeme Harper , editor of New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing
As an academic historian very familiar with the Anne Armstrong documentation, I found this a fascinating read. It is a brilliant fusion of history and fantasy, based on a continual interplay between the imagined and the historically grounded, and it establishes a vital sense of immediacy by highlighting both the twenty-first and the seventeenth-century local contexts. The reader gets a sense not only of the personalities involved in Anne's story but also a sense of that Northumbrian distinctive landscape within which it unfolded. James Sharpe , Professor Emeritus of Early Modern History, University of York