The Lowdown – The Familiars by Stacey Halls

The Familiars

Only released in paperback last month our October Book Of The Month is The Familiars by Stacey Halls. If you haven’t read it yet we give you the lowdown on all you need to know.


The Familiars easily takes the prize for ‘best book of the month cover’ with its eye catching gold touches and its blue fore-edging. It’s also bang on trend with its theme of women, power and witchcraft (note Philippa Gregory’s new one is also about witches.) It’s Lancashire born and bred Hall’s first book and has been chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club pick as well as being a Sunday Times bestseller.

The Familiars – The Blurb

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn’t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.

Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.

As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye?

Soon the two women’s lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood’s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake.

Join Us…

We will be sharing our Big Review of The Familiars on 25th October. A series of Book Club questions will also be around for you to answer on 24th. Don’t wait until then though, we would love to know your marks out of ten as soon as you have read it. So grab your copy and read along with us. In the meantime you can check out our September’s Book of the Month, The President Is Missing, here.

The Familiars