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Newes from the Dead
Title: Newes from the Dead
Author: Mary Hooper
In 1650, while Robert, a young medical student, steels himself to assist with her dissection, housemaid Anne Green recalls her life as she lies in her coffin, presumed dead after being hanged for supposedly murdering her child.
“Intriguing and captivating.”—Celia Rees, author of Witch Child
. HANGED. ALIVE
? (AND TRUE
Anne can’t move a muscle, can’t open her eyes, can’t scream. She lies immobile in the darkness, unsure if she’d dead, terrified she’s buried alive, haunted by her final memory—of being hanged. A maidservant falsely accused of infanticide in 1650 England and sent to the scaffold, Anne Green is trapped with her racing thoughts, her burning need to revisit the events—and the man—that led her to the gallows.
Meanwhile, a shy 18-year-old medical student attends his first dissection and notices something strange as the doctors prepare their tools . . . Did her eyelids just flutter? Could this corpse be alive?
Beautifully written, impossible to put down, and meticulously researched, Newes from the Dead
is based on the true story of the real Anne Green, a servant who survived a hanging to awaken on the dissection table. Newes from the Dead
concludes with scans of the original 1651 document that recounts this chilling medical phenomenon.