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Sinful Folk

Ned Hayes and Nikki McClure, Illustrator

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.50" x 8.50"
  • ISBN: 978-0-9852393-0-5
  • Publication Date: 2014-01-22
  • CAMPANILE BOOKS

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Sinful Folk

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A tragic loss. A desperate journey. A mother seeks the truth.

            In December of 1377, four children were burned to death in a suspicious house fire. Villagers traveled hundreds of miles across England to demand justice.

            Sinful Folk is the story of this terrible mid-winter journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. For years, she has concealed herself and all her history. But on this journey, she will find the strength to claim the promise of her past and create a new legacy. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and redemption.

            The remarkable new novel by Ned Hayes, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Nikki McClure, Sinful Folk illuminates the medieval era with profound insight and compassion.


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 “A pilgrim tale worthy of Chaucer, evocative, compelling and peopled with unforgettable characters artfully delivered by a master storyteller. Be warned: Dress warmly before beginning this perilous journey across a winter-blasted, medieval landscape of fire and ice. Your heart will shiver and not just from the cold. An excellent novel, Sinful Folk. A wonderful book.” —Brenda Rickman Vantrease (book recommendation) best-selling author of The Illuminator and The Mercy Seller


"Suspenseful, page-turning mystery of a mother pursuing the truth…  Every reader will come to love the brave and intrepid Mear, a most memorable character in a most memorable story.” — Jim Heynen (book recommendation) award-winning author of The Fall of Alice K.


"Sinful Folk is a work of art. I found the story fascinating, approachable, and powerful. Miriam's story is a raw and brutal and passionate tale, but her story touches the reader because it's a timeless story - the struggles of parents, and of justice for their children. She makes it all very human regardless of the time period, and it's a wonderful portrayal of medieval life. Highly recommended – 5 out of 5 stars” —Kathryn Le Veque (on author’s book blog KathrynLeVeque.com ) bestselling author of The Dark Lord and The Warrior Poet


"A suspenseful and mesmerizing tale full of rich and vital characters. Ned Hayes crafts a narrative that shows a devotion to craft in each word.” —Renée Miller, (on Book Blog http://onfictionwriting.com/) editor of On Fiction and author of In the Bones

Ned Hayes

Ned Hayes is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared broadly in magazines, literary journals, and anthology collections. Hayes regularly speaks and teaches at universities in the Pacific Northwest. Hayes holds graduate degrees in English and Theology. He studied Chaucer and medieval literature under noted medieval scholar Richard Emmerson: Ned Hayes is now a candidate for an MFA through the Rainier Writing Workshop.  He lives with his family in Olympia, Washington. More information about Ned Hayes and this novel can be found at SinfulFolk.com

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Nikki McClure, Illustrator

Nikki McClure is the New York Times bestselling children’s author and paper artist who has written and illustrated several acclaimed children’s books including To Market, To Market (2011, Abrams Books for Young Readers), Mama, Is It Summer Yet? (2010, Abrams Books for Young Readers) and illustrated the New York Times bestseller All in a Day, by Cynthia Rylant (2009, Abrams Books for Young Readers).  In addition to a yearly bestselling calendar of papercuts, her images appear in Patagonia apparel and in magazines. More information about Nikki McClure can be found at NikkiMcClure.com