Longlisted for the 2019 HWA Debut Crown
Birmingham, 1885. Born in a gaol and raised in a workhouse, Cora Burns has always struggled to control the violence inside her. Haunted by memories of a terrible crime, she seeks a new life working as a servant in the house of scientist Thomas Jerwood. Here, Cora befriends a young girl, Violet, who seems to be the subject of a living experiment. But is Jerwood also secretly studying Cora...?
“Even at its darkest it is beautifully written, the research is meticulous and the complex Cora makes a flawed but affecting heroine. A great historical novel with bite” SUNDAY MIRROR
“Kirby writes with skill and gusto” TIMES
“This richly woven Gothic tale is an atmospheric treat” HEAT MAGAZINE
“Perfect for fans of Sarah Waters, this book took me into Cora's world so expertly I experienced it with every sense” CASS GREEN
“The Conviction of Cora Burns is a striking debut. Rich in gothic darkness and period detail, the brutality of Victorian Britain is exquisitely drawn. A beautifully-written story which enveloped me from first page to last” AMANDA JENNINGS
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