Mary Ball - Guide for Reading Groups

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Guide for Reading Groups

1. What do you find to approve of or criticise in the actions of each of the following characters?

  • Mary Ball
  • Will Bacon
  • Jane Ball
  • Justice Coleridge

2. In what way does the historical background provide an active contribution to the novel? In other words; does it make the novel more interesting, entertaining or exciting?

3. One of the questions the novel poses is: what might have been if Mary had got away with what she did, if for example the original diagnosis of death by natural causes hadn’t been questioned or if the jury had found her Not Guilty. Would the world have been a worse place if she had not been punished? When reading the book, did you at any time wish she had not been tried at all?

4. What relevance to today, especially with regard to the position of women in our and other societies, do you see in the book? 

5. What is your favourite scene in the book and why?

6. Does the book make you want to know more about the purely factual story of Mary Ball or even to question the correctness of the guilty verdict? If your group wants to find out more about this, please contact Eugep (EmailAdresse) or author directly

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Mary Ball


 The Novel

 Guide for Reading Groups