The Dance Tree | Paperback | By Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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  • The Dance Tree
  • Pages: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK
  • Publication date: 06 May 2022
  • Category: Historical Romance
  • Size: 23.1 x 15 x 2.4 cm
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The Dance Tree by Kiran Millwood Hargrave


Strasbourg, 1518.

In the midst of a blisteringly hot summer, a lone woman begins to dance in the city square. She dances for days without pause or rest, and as she is joined by hundreds of others, the authorities declare an emergency. Musicians will be brought in to play the Devil out of these women.

Just beyond the city's limits, pregnant Lisbet lives with her mother-in-law and husband, tending the bees that are their livelihood. And then, as the dancing plague gathers momentum, Lisbet's sister-in-law Nethe returns from seven years' penance in the mountains for a crime no one will name. It is a secret that Lisbet is determined to uncover. As the city buckles under the beat of a thousand feet, she finds herself thrust into a dangerous web of deceit and clandestine passion, but she is dancing to a dangerous tune . . .

Set in an era of superstition, hysteria, and extraordinary change, and inspired by the true events of a doomed summer, The Dance Tree is an impassioned story of family secrets, forbidden love, and women pushed to the edge from Kiran Millwood Hargrave, the bestselling author of The Mercies.


'Exceptionally brilliant. Immersive, sensual, compelling' Marian Keyes

'Intriguing, haunting . . . raw, beautiful' Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne

'Spellbinding' Elodie Harper, author of The Wolf Den

About the Author

Kiran Millwood Hargrave (b.1990) is an award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist. The Mercies was her first novel for adults, and became an instant Sunday Times bestseller. It won a Betty Trask Award, was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize and was named amongst the NYT 100 Most Notable Books of 2020.

Her bestselling works for children include The Girl of Ink & Stars and have won or been short and long-listed for numerous awards including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, Costa Children's Book Award, the Blue Peter Best Story Award and, twice, the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Kiran lives in Oxford with her husband, the artist Tom de Freston, and their rescue cats, Luna and Marly.


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