Bonnier Zaffre launches The Familiars

News - Fiction Thursday, 08 November 2018

2019 lead debut by Stacey Halls sent off in style with themed preview party

The event, held on Tuesday evening at Dead Dolls House, saw around fifty bloggers, instagrammers and vloggers, plus author Stacey Halls and the publisher team joining together to greet the book.

According to Bonnier, The Familiars is 'upmarket reading-group fiction with a feminist slant, set around the Pendle witch trials in 1612. The novel is a completely immersive and beautifully written tale focussing on two women whose fates become entwined with those on trial.

'A Lancashire girl and now a journalist in London, Stacey has long been fascinated with the Pendle history and has done a wealth of local research; the novel is based around Gawthorpe Manor and real noblewoman Fleetwood who lived at the time. It very much chimes with current trends for female-led feminist and gothic fiction.'

The Familiars is out in hardback, eBook and audio on 7 February. Halls was media editor at The Bookseller and books editor at, and has also worked as a journalist for Psychologies, The Independent and Fabulous magazine. The Familiars is her first novel.

Pictured (l-r) Jennie Rothwell, Alice – a character from the novel, Fleetwood – a character from the novel, author Stacey Halls, Francesca Russell, Sahina Bibi, Stephen Dumughn, Felice McKeown, Ellen Turner, Clare Kelly (The Familiars Bonnier Zaffre team)

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