The best novel yet from a World Fantasy Award and four time British Fantasy Award winning author.
This is the story of a young woman growing up in the midlands in 1966 - a woman who may be a witch. As a baby, Fern was taken in by Mammy Cullen who schooled her in the art of old hedgerow medicine, of traditional midwifery, herbs, folk songs and tales. She comes of age in the 1960s but lives on the margins of society until a group of Beatniks descends on the small village she calls home. Then a young woman dies after visiting Mammy for a brew to stop her pregnancy, setting off a landslide of events that threatens everything Fern has ever known.
Joyce's beguiling novel mingles elements of ancient lore, folk medicine, magic and 1960s bohemianism into a compelling brew... The humour generated by juxtaposing different world-views is delightful, as is the portrayal of a fast-vanishing, and now probably vanished, England, in which the outlandish and the mundane are interwoven. - THE TIMES - Christina Koning
One of Graham Joyce's main strengths as a novelist has always been his ability to portray the encroachment of the fantastical into meticulously observed contemporary settings. This novel [is] his twelfth and finest... Fern Cullen is a remarkable creation, and Joyce's rendering of her singular narrative voice, by turns both literary and gauche, is pitch-perfect. - GUARDIAN - Eric Brown
Graham Joyce is the award-winning author of numerous short story collections and novels, including The Tooth Fairy, Smoking Poppy, The Facts of Life, The Limits of Enchantment, The Silent Land, Some Kind of Fairy Tale and The Year of the Ladybird.
He has won the British Fantasy Award four times, and the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2003 for The Facts of Life.
In addition to his own writing, he also teaches a writing course at Nottingham Trent University.