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  • Malcolm Gaskill shows us with filmic vividness the daily life of the riven, marginal community of Springfield, where settlers from a far country dwell on the edge of the unknown. His attention to their plight - material, psychological, spiritual - goes far to explain, though not explain away, the alien beliefs of a fragile, beleaguered community, torn between the old world and the new. The clarity of his thought and his writing, his insight, and the immediacy of the telling, combine to make this the best and most enjoyable kind of history writing. Malcolm Gaskill goes to meet the past on its own terms and in its own place, and the result is thought-provoking and absorbing.

    Hilary Mantel
  • Magnificent ... Gaskill's finely tuned story unfolds less like your average history book and more like a Stephen King novel.

    Suzannah Lipscomb, UnHerd
  • PRAISE FOR WITCHFINDERS: 'A brilliant new study ... In the vivid three-dimensionality of its dramatis personae, the eloquence of its writing, and the richness of its evocations of vanished worlds of landscape and belief ... Gaskill displays a masterly wizardry all his own.'

    John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph
  • Gaskill presents a compassionate, measured view dispelling several myths along the way.

    Independent on Sunday
  • He writes with sympathy, respect and deep human understanding.

    John Guy, Sunday Times
  • A very lucid and humane writer.

    Hilary Mantel
  • A fine achievement. Gaskill has scoured the archives for every scrap of surviving evidence and presented his findings in an intelligent, meticulously documented, and highly readable way . . . As persuasive an account of the whole grisly episode as we are ever likely to get.

    Keith Thomas, New York Review of Books
  • PRAISE FOR BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: 'A work of extraordinary scholarship. It captures the spirit of adventure and courage of the first settlers but also shows how high ideals were transformed by the harsh realities of life.'

    Rachel Trethewey, Independent
  • A beautifully written, sweeping and yet fine-grained account . . . There are many fine books on migration to America, and this deserves a foremost place among them.

    Donald M. MacRaild, Times Higher Education

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