The Ash, the Well and the Bluebell by Sandra Arnold

Historical fiction
ISBN 978-0-9951191-2-3
August 2019
B format, 332pp
RRP $30

Losing her daughter to the Christchurch earthquake sends Lily back to her childhood village in Northern England to scatter Charlie’s ashes. It’s a place of ghosts for Lily after the mysterious drowning of a school friend at the old village well – a tragedy somehow linked to the death of a local woman accused of witchcraft three hundred years earlier. Now Lily’s back, she wants to find out what happened at the well and the truth behind the swift departure of her friend Israel. The Ash, the Well and the Bluebell spans three centuries and three countries, exploring the love and history that makes a community, and the hate and secrets that can destroy it.


Sandra Arnold grew up in the north-east of England and now lives in rural Canterbury, New Zealand. She has been nominated for writing prizes in both countries, and was awarded the 2015 New Zealand Heritage Short Story Award and the Seresin Landfall  Otago University Press Residency. Sandra holds a Creative Writing PhD. She’s published non-fiction and flash fiction, and The Ash, the Well and the Bluebell
is her third novel.