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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 City of Crows
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'A woman's heart contains all things. Her heart is tender and loving, but it has other elements. It contains fire and intrigue and mighty storms. Shipwreck and all that has ever happened in the world. Murder, if need be...'

'1673. Desperate to save herself and her only surviving child Nicolas from an outbreak of plague, Charlotte Picot flees her tiny village in the French countryside. But when Nicolas is abducted by a troop of slavers, Charlotte resorts to witchcraft and summons assistance in the shape of a malevolent man. She and her companion travel to Paris where they become further entwined in the underground of sorcerers and poisoners - and where each is forced to reassess their ideas of good and evil. Before Charlotte is finished she will wander hell's halls, trade with a witch and accept a demon's fealty. Meanwhile, a notorious criminal is unexpectedly released from the prison galleys where he has served a brutal sentence for sacrilege...' (Synopsis)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Minka

  • Other formats: Also sound recording, large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2017 .
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      Extent: 400p.
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      • Published 29 August 2017

      ISBN: 9781760551100
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pan Macmillan Australia , 2018 .
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      • Published: 31st July 2018
         

      ISBN: 9781760556792

Works about this Work

[Review Essay] City of Crows Helen Elliot , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Monthly , December no. 140 2017; (p. 97)

'Chris Womersley's work is, happily, always unpredictable, but City of Crows is a particular surprise. The year is 1673, and Charlotte Picot finds herself doing things that would have been unimaginable when she was living in deep rural France. The plague came to her village, taking almost everyone, including her husband. Charlotte’s other children died of illness years earlier; her focus now was to protect her one remaining child, nine-year-old Nicolas. Charlotte heard Lyon was plague-free, so she and Nicolas began a journey there. (Introduction)

Old Knowledge, Simple Magic David Whish-Wilson , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 395 2017; (p. 63)

— Review of City of Crows Chris Womersley , 2017 single work novel

'Every Chris Womersley novel represents a significant departure from the last. Following his award-winning and magnificently dark début, The Low Road (2007), and his Miles Franklin shortlisted Bereft (2010), and Cairo (2013), City of Crows is his first novel set entirely outside Australia. An acutely crafted historical fiction, it is set in France in 1673 during the reign of Louis XIV.' (Introduction)

Black Spots in City of Lights Carmel Bird , 2017 single work essay review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2 September 2017; (p. 20)

'Historical fiction frequently leads the reader into dark places. Chris Womersley’s haunting novel City of Crows will take you into a nightmare labyrinth where superstition rules and where it seems the Devil calls the tune. The novel recounts the journey of the young widow Charlotte Picot from the south of France to Paris in 1673. There’s murder, child sacrifice, witchcraft, plague, poison, black magic, abortion, executions, torture and Tarot (with pictures). And crows and rats, which provide the occasion for the use of the wonderful verb ‘‘to skitter’’.' (Introduction)

[Review Essay] : City of Crows JD , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 26 August - 1 September 2017;

'Women who cast spells and brew potions to dispel illness and fuel desire have historically been vilified as servants of the devil. Contemporary culture has, to a large degree, drained the menace and repositioned witches as figures of frivolity in TV shows such as Charmed and Bewitched and in countless YA stories. This is a problem the reader faces with Chris Womersley’s fourth novel, a commercially adventurous departure from his earlier Australian literary jaunts – is it still possible to take a story about witches seriously?' (Introduction)

Old Knowledge, Simple Magic David Whish-Wilson , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 395 2017; (p. 63)

— Review of City of Crows Chris Womersley , 2017 single work novel

'Every Chris Womersley novel represents a significant departure from the last. Following his award-winning and magnificently dark début, The Low Road (2007), and his Miles Franklin shortlisted Bereft (2010), and Cairo (2013), City of Crows is his first novel set entirely outside Australia. An acutely crafted historical fiction, it is set in France in 1673 during the reign of Louis XIV.' (Introduction)

[Review Essay] : City of Crows JD , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 26 August - 1 September 2017;

'Women who cast spells and brew potions to dispel illness and fuel desire have historically been vilified as servants of the devil. Contemporary culture has, to a large degree, drained the menace and repositioned witches as figures of frivolity in TV shows such as Charmed and Bewitched and in countless YA stories. This is a problem the reader faces with Chris Womersley’s fourth novel, a commercially adventurous departure from his earlier Australian literary jaunts – is it still possible to take a story about witches seriously?' (Introduction)

Black Spots in City of Lights Carmel Bird , 2017 single work essay review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2 September 2017; (p. 20)

'Historical fiction frequently leads the reader into dark places. Chris Womersley’s haunting novel City of Crows will take you into a nightmare labyrinth where superstition rules and where it seems the Devil calls the tune. The novel recounts the journey of the young widow Charlotte Picot from the south of France to Paris in 1673. There’s murder, child sacrifice, witchcraft, plague, poison, black magic, abortion, executions, torture and Tarot (with pictures). And crows and rats, which provide the occasion for the use of the wonderful verb ‘‘to skitter’’.' (Introduction)

[Review Essay] City of Crows Helen Elliot , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Monthly , December no. 140 2017; (p. 97)

'Chris Womersley's work is, happily, always unpredictable, but City of Crows is a particular surprise. The year is 1673, and Charlotte Picot finds herself doing things that would have been unimaginable when she was living in deep rural France. The plague came to her village, taking almost everyone, including her husband. Charlotte’s other children died of illness years earlier; her focus now was to protect her one remaining child, nine-year-old Nicolas. Charlotte heard Lyon was plague-free, so she and Nicolas began a journey there. (Introduction)

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