Dark Enchantment

Dorothy Macardle


The village which had so charmed her had grown sinister …

Exhausted after years of unhappiness, 20-year-old Juliet Cunningham is delighted to find herself living in a village in the French Alps. Recovering in the fresh air of the mountains, she becomes involved in local life. As Juliet makes new friends and meets fellow wanderers – such as the handsome young Michael – she hears of stories of witchery, of fortunes told, of spells, and murder … but are the rumours of the witch true, and can Juliet escape in time?

First published in 1953, Dark Enchantment evokes a magical pre-war France, and was written after Macardle’s other successful and influential novels The Uninvited and The Unforeseen.

This edition of Dark Enchantment features an introduction by Caroline B Heafey.


Similar titles: Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier, Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner, The Uninvited and The Unforeseen by Dorothy Macardle.


Praise for Dark Enchantment

– ‘a vanished enchantment … perfect escape literature’ The New York Times

– ‘Casts its own spell’ Kirkus Reviews

– ‘Remarkable’ – Benedict Kiely


Praise for The Uninvited 

‘One of the most entertaining Irish novels I’ve read all year.’
The Irish Times

Dorothy Macardle

Dorothy Macardle (1889-1958), an Irish novelist, playwright, journalist and historian, was born in Dundalk in 1889 to a wealthy brewing family, and educated at Alexandra College and University College, Dublin. A Republican and member of Cumann na mBan, Macardle was imprisoned for her activities during the Irish Civil War, and later worked as a journalist with The Irish Press. Her monumental history, The Irish Republic, was published in 1937, and her account of the plight of children in war-torn Europe, Children of Europe, in 1949. Her plays were produced at the Abbey and Gate theatres, and among her works of fiction are Earth-Bound: Nine Stories of Ireland (1924), Uneasy Freehold/The Uninvited (1942, and republished by Tramp Press in 2015), and Fantastic Summer/The Unforeseen (1946). She died in Drogheda in 1958.