Available Now: Sinful Folk by Ned Hayes, illustrated by Nikki McClure

January 2014 — Campanile Press is proud to announce the publication of the new historical novel from Ned Hayes, with cover and internal illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator and author Nikki McClure.

“A pilgrim tale worthy of Chaucer, told by a master storyteller,” — Brenda Vantrease (best-selling historical novelist)

Sinful Folk is the story of a treacherous journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute and fearful man, raising her son quietly in an isolated village. When her son is killed, Mear wakes from her complacent life and undertakes a desperate journey. The villagers travel across a harsh and unforgiving winter landscape. Propelled forward by a vision of justice, the villagers persevere in the face of bandit raids, ecclesiastical execution orders, starvation, kidnapping, and dissension in their own ranks. Sinful Folk begins in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and redemption.

Endorsed by bestselling historical novelists such as Karen Maitland (The Owl Killers, Company of Liars), Ella March Chase (The Virgin Queen’s Daughter), Brenda Vantrease(The Illuminator, The Heretic’s Wife), and William Dietrich (The Barbed Crown), SINFUL FOLK is a breakthrough novel that stakes a new claim for women’s historical fiction. SINFUL FOLK is an inspiring story of a woman’s perseverance and courage in a stark medieval world: a riveting and suspenseful story told with lyrical beauty and unwavering vision.

Like Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent and Geraldine Brooks’ Year of Wonders, Sinful Folk retells history from the perspective of a forgotten woman who finds her voice. An inspiring story of tenacity, perseverance and courage, Sinful Folk will be on many reader’s best-loved bookshelves this winter and spring.


To schedule Ned Hayes for appearances or readings, contact

Linda Marus, Publicity Manager 



Author: Linda Marus

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