For all the giant print, ample margins and thick paper, there is no disguising the fact that this is more of a novella than a novel. A quick read, therefore, though you may also want to set aside some time for digestion!
Bold as ever, Winterson writes about a major witch-trial in early 17th century England, blending historical accuracy - most characters have really existed, and the context of religious upheaval is quite authentic - with fiction, as much is necessarily unknown, 400 years later, allowing for Winterson to take some liberties with the plot.
It certainly takes both courage and skill to pull off a book dealing in subjects such as witches, sorcery, talking severed body parts, satanic masses, paucity, torture, the devil and all sorts of gothic regalia, not to mention sex and violence.
Winterson possessing both skill and courage, she not only carries it off, but also broaches issues of feminism and personal beliefs. All in flawless style!