In 2017, life expectancy in Haworth was 81. In 1848 it was 22. That’s a lot of ghosts.
“Atmospheric and perfectly balanced between the past and present, Parliament of Rooks by Karen Perkins is a deeply moving and tremendously exciting story that holds your interest from the first page to the last.” – Readers’ Favorite
A haunting timeslip novel moving between the harsh realities of village life in Emily Brontë’s Haworth and present day, Parliament of Rooks is perfect for fans of Rowan Coleman, Barbara Erskine, Nicola Cornick and Laura Purcell.
“Lush and atmospheric, this novel is dark and moody with supernatural elements and accurate historical details.” – The BookLife Prize by Publishers Weekly
Nine-year-old Harry Sutcliffe hates working at Rooks Mill and is forever in trouble for running away to the wide empty spaces of the moors – empty but for the song of the skylark, the antics of the rabbits, and the explorations of Emily Brontë. Bound together over the years by their love of the moors, Emily and Harry develop a lasting friendship, but not everyone is happy about it – especially Martha, Harry’s wife.
As Martha’s jealous rages grow in ferocity, Harry does not realise the danger he is in. A hundred and fifty years later, this danger also threatens Verity and her new beau, William. Only time will tell if Verity and William have the strength to fight off the ghosts determined to shape their lives, or whether they will succumb to an age-old betrayal.