22 September 2017 Susannah

Companion Guide – Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell

I’d have loved to have Elizabeth Gaskell as a friend. She comes across as such a nice woman – the sort of person you want to sit with over coffee for a good chat about books, friends, children, running a house etc. North and South is one of my favourite 19thC novels. Easy to read, packed with social detail and suggestions for reform, with a delightful heroine and a very sexy hero, there is just so much in it to enjoy.

Here are some convenient links for Elizabeth Gaskell.

Susannah Fullerton: HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Elizabeth Gaskell

The Gaskell Society
  Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

   Susannah Fullerton: A Reader’s Guide to North and South

   North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
   The Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth Gaskell
   Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
   Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
   Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
   Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
   Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

   Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories by Jenny Uglow
   The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Gaskell by Jill L. Matus (Edited by)
   The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain 1700 – 1850 by Joel Mokyr
   Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli
   Sybil by Benjamin Disraeli
   Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
   The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, the Factory Boy by Frances Trollope
   Alton Locke by Charles Kingsley
   Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
   Hard Times by Charles Dickens
   Nice Work by David Lodge
   Elizabeth Gaskell BBC Collection [DVD] The DVD Hut

How a women dressed in the Victorian era

Fashion during the Victorian era

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Comments (4)

  1. Alexandra Young

    Hi Susannah,
    I loved the British production of North and South.
    I haven’t read the book but recently saw the “talking book” in my local library so will definitely get it out.
    have recently enjoyed rereading Poldark via the “talking books” wonderful.

    Alexandra Young

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Isn’t ‘North and South’ the most fabulous TV series. You can get a wonderful talking book version of it read by Juliet Stevenson.

  2. Jennifer Gray

    Hi Susanah,

    I have finally read your highly recommended “North and South” but I found it very slow, especially in regard to the romantic interest. I’m much more of a “love at first sight” kind of girl so I found it terribly tedious to have to wait until the last page of the book to finally get the love interest in full swing. I felt no passion in their love affair, so I differ from you in this regard. The book was extremely interesting from an historic point of view, in regards to the work conditions in the cotton mills and the lives of the workers, and I look forward to viewing the BBC DVD which my children bought me for Christmas. I recently heard in the news that Manchester has now re-opened one of their cotton mills – how interesting! Let’s hope that the conditions are better than they were in Elizabeth’s Gaskell’s novel.


    Kind regards
    Jenny Gray

    • Susannah Fullerton

      How interesting about the cotton mill re-opening. I didn’t know that. I am sorry you did not fall in love with ‘North and South’. But do watch the TV version – it might help you change your mind. I think John Thornton is in love with Margaret for most of the novel, and she also responds deeply to him but will not admit it for almost the whole novel. How do you get on with ‘Pride and Prejudice’ if you want the ‘love at first sight’ aspect?

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