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The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (signed, numbered hardback - limited edition of 2000 )


This beautiful numbered limited edition copy of The Mercies has been signed by the author, the multi-award winning Kiran Millwood-Hargrave. It's her first book for adults and it's very, very good. This edition of 2000 copies has been created especially for independent bookshops.

Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm of 1617, The Mercies is a story about how suspicion can twist its way through a community, and a love that may prove as dangerous as it is powerful.

On Christmas Eve, 1617, the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a reckless storm. As Maren Magnusdatter watches, forty fishermen, including her father and brother, are lost to the waves - the menfolk of Vardø wiped out in an instant.

Vardø is now a place of women.

Eighteen months later, a sinister figure arrives. Summoned from Scotland to take control of a place at the edge of the civilised world, Absalom Cornet knows what he needs to do to bring the women of Vardø to heel. With him travels his young wife, Ursa. In Vardø, and in Maren, Ursa finds something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place flooded with a terrible evil, one he must root out at all costs . . .

'A gripping novel . . . Beautiful and chilling' – Madeline Miller, author of Circe 

BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick 2020

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market edition (6 Feb. 2020)
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm