A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (THERE’S A BIG BUZZ IN THE U.S. ABOUT THIS ONE)

by |February 2, 2011

A Discovery of Witches is an epic, richly inventive, historically sweeping, magical romance.

When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft.

Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

Sensing the significance of Diana’s discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire geneticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing.

As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels…

About the Author

Deborah Harkness is a professor of history at USC, specializing in science and medicine in early modern Europe. She is the author most recently of THE JEWEL HOUSE (Yale, 2007), based on her ground-breaking work on how science was practiced in Elizabethan London. (And she really did once find a missing manuscript in the Bodleian Library!)

Visit Deborah’s Facebook page – here (and see just how many positive reviews A Discovery of Witches is getting)

Follow her on Twitter – here

O Magazine has picked A Discovery of Witches in their 15 Books to Watch for in February 2011

Watch as A Discovery of Witches is highlighted among 2011 Books to Watch Out For on Today in the US. (It’s at the end of the clip)

Wondering if you’re a daemon, human, vampire, or witch? Take the Discovery of Witches quiz and find out.

Pre-order the Australian Paperback here – available 1st March

Or, if you’re rich and impatient order the US hardcover here – available 8 February. (You’ll also find there is an extract to read)

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About the Contributor

While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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