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Book group: Hex by Jenni Fagan

Humanist Society Scotland Book Group meets quarterly online via Zoom. New members are always welcome! We don’t charge for participation, but you do need to register in advance. We will be discussing Hex by Jenni Fagan. A powerfully poignant tale of one of the most turbulent moments in Scotland's history: the North Berwick Witch Trials.


On this, the last night of her life, in a prison cell several floors below Edinburgh's High Street, convicted witch Geillis Duncan receives a mysterious visitor - Iris, who says she comes from a future where women are still persecuted for who they are and what they believe.

As the hours pass and dawn approaches, Geillis recounts the circumstances of her arrest, brutal torture, confession and trial, while Iris offers support, solace - and the tantalising prospect of escape.


Hex is a visceral depiction of what happens when a society is consumed by fear and superstition, exploring how the terrible force of a king's violent crusade against ordinary women can still be felt, right up to the present day.

This book should be available from all your usual book suppliers or your local library.

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Join the conversation on Thursday 29th June 2023, 7.30pm - 8.30pm online.


June 29th, 2023 7:30 PM through 8:05 PM