Hex by Jenni Fagan book review
Hex by Jenni Fagan reviewed by local councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes.
Hex is visceral and poignant, depicting the final night of the life of Geillis Duncan. Convicted of witchcraft during the infamous North Berwick Witch Trials, it remains one of the darkest times in Scottish history, the echoes of which are felt here in Renfrewshire.
Outlander fans will recognise the name Geillis Duncan from the books and show (I’ll say no more for fear of spoilers!).
On the night of December 4th, 1591, Geillis is visited in her cell in Edinburgh by Iris, from the future. Through their discussion, we are taken on Geillis’ journey from arrest to trial. Jenni Fagan has such a talent for connecting past and present, and the similarities in the demonisation of women or anyone a bit different 400 years ago and now are a stark example.
Hex is a vivid imagining of a young woman persecuted by the fear and superstition of others, one of thousands. It is at times brutal, upsetting and angering, but it is also full of empathy, hope and perseverance.
Hex by Jenni Fagan is available now via Birlinn General.
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