Jean Rafferty

Jean Rafferty is an award winning journalist who gradually became drawn to darker and darker topics such as prostitution, Satanic ritual abuse, bereavement and rape. She has written two non-fiction books about sport and many short stories and novellas, but Myra, Beyond Saddleworth is her first novel.

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Myra, Beyond Saddleworth


After multiple unsuccessful appeals, infamous Moors Murderer, Myra Hindley died in prison…or did she?

 What if the authorities lied? 

What if the embarrassment from her constant appeals for release forced a deal and Hindley was granted a new secret identity? What sort of person would she have become? How would she live her life with her newfound freedom? 

Myra, Beyond Saddleworth attempts to answer these questions in what is being considered the most controversial book in recent years.  Not only does it explore questions of morality and personal responsibility, its feminist author engages with the uncomfortable suggestion that women can be just as violent and cruel as men. 

‘A book that is both easy to read, and hard to read. Its exploration of the all-too-credible notion that dehumanisation is only human, is compelling and disturbing in equal measure.’ ~ Deborah Orr, The Guardian

 ‘Jean Rafferty is a remarkable writer with the bravery to explore the depths and the talent to take us with her.’ ~ Louise Welsh, author of The Cutting Room

Foul Deeds Will Rise

A novel that dares to look unflinchingly at a subject the media have turned away from.

Alma Black is a campaigning journalist who travels to Orkney to interview Hugh Watts, a troubled survivor of childhood Satanist abuse. Through listening to the terrible details of his story, she is forced to confront the demons in her own past.

As the summer solstice approaches, Alma is drawn into events she can’t control. Not all that happens on Midsummer Night is a delicious Dream…

Jean Rafferty is an award-winning journalist. Her first novel, Myra, Beyond Saddleworth, was short-listed for the inaugural Gordon Burn prize.

‘Foul Deeds Will Rise Is as dark and menacing as Hamlet. It is horrifying until it becomes plausible.’ ~ Edmund White, author of The Farewell Symphony and recipient of the PEN/Saul Bellow Award.