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The Errors of Doctor Browne

ISBN 
9781485904946
Format 
Paperback
Recommended Price 
R290.00
Published 
August 2022
About the book: 
When Doctor Thomas Browne accepts the role of both inquisitor and witness in one of England’s last witch trials, he embarks on what his biographer later calls ‘the most culpable and stupid action of his life’.
 
In Bury St Edmonds, 1662, two widows are charged with acts of witchcraft. Doctor Browne is known as a philosopher, natural scientist, logician and medical doctor, yet despite his best efforts, the trial hinges on the ad-missibility of ‘spectral evidence’: the accused women are deemed to have the ability to exploit their victims through dreams. This will set a legal precedent for the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts thirty years later.
 
Conflicted by his deeply held religious beliefs and his confidence in the validity of emerging scientific methods, Browne is left to ponder the true nature of culpability – and whether the most insidious evil is, in fact, that which we carry within.
 
Mark Winkler’s novel is a wry and insightful glimpse into the limits of reason, the patriarchal need to control every aspect of womanhood, and our ongoing preoccupation with reputation.
 
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About the Author

Mark Winkler is the author of the critically acclaimed novels An Exceptionally Simple Theory  (of Absolutely Everything), Wasted, as well as The Safest Place You Know  and Theo & Flora,  both of which were shortlisted for the Sunday Times  Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. His work has been published worldwide in English and in French translation. 

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