Mrs Gaskell and Me: Two Women, Two Love Stories, Two Centuries Apart (Paperback)
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Mrs Gaskell and Me: Two Women, Two Love Stories, Two Centuries Apart (Paperback)

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Published: 27/06/2019
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Winner of the 2019 Somerset Maugham Award

'A great galloping joy of a book - funny, lyrical, fast paced, heart-warming – a delicious celebration of love and life' – Rebecca Stott, author of In the Days of Rain

In 1857, Elizabeth Gaskell set sail for Rome, a city that would prove to be a place of inspiration and love: she would make enduring friendships, and meet a man – Charles Norton – who would become the love of her life.

In 2013, Nell Stevens is writing about Mrs Gaskell in Rome, and falling drastically in love with a man who lives in another city altogether. As Nell chases her heart around the world, and as Mrs Gaskell forms the greatest connection of her life, these two women, though centuries apart, are drawn together, and for Nell, Mrs Gaskell becomes more than a figure from the past. Here is a confidante, a friend, a woman who – living outside the conventions of her time – might have some wisdom to offer Nell.

Mrs Gaskell and Me is about unrequited love and the romance of friendship, it is about forming a way of life outside the conventions of your time, and it offers Nell the opportunity – even as her own relationship falls apart – to give Mrs Gaskell the ending she deserved.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509868216
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 194 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A great galloping joy of a book - funny, lyrical, fast paced, heart-warming - a delicious celebration of love and life - Rebecca Stott, author of In the Days of Rain

A truly lovely book - acutely observed and honest and melancholy - Jessie Greengrass, author of Sight

A tender, clever, sublimely crafted book that celebrates the struggles and triumphs of writing, love, and the desire for connection - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

Stevens has an analytical eye and a wonderful taste for absurdity . . . All cake is to be both had and eaten in this celebratory, charming, thoroughly fictional book. - Claire Harman, The Guardian

A charming, distinctive memoir that is ultimately an exploration of the power and the pitfalls of storytelling - Mail on Sunday

Extraordinary, delightful and very moving . . . Stevens’s affection for and relationship to these people is real, and very much alive . . . funny, heartfelt - Irish Times

Clever yet funny . . . Mrs Gaskell & Me has so many interesting things to say about love, loneliness and longing that I’m now inspired to read more of Mrs Gaskells’ novels. - Red Magazine

Mrs Gaskell and Me is innovative and emotionally raw . . . a mature reflection on womanhood, and falling in love with men who we chase all over the world. Nell Stevens writes with a skill and passion all writers could learn from, and all readers will take joy in. - Laura Jane Williams, author of Ice Cream for Breakfast

A witty, humane work of historical storytelling brilliantly enmeshed with an almost love story that intelligently shows us that it isn't only the happy endings that come to define our lives, but also those loves that cannot be. Stevens' clever, confiding voice is a worthy companion to those of us who have ever felt lost and have looked to the literature of the past for guidance. I loved it - Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Perfect - Lena Dunham on Bleaker House

This year's literary sensation - Evening Standard on Bleaker House

A mesmerizing literary levitation act . . . lovely and thoughtful - Vogue on Bleaker House

You won't be able to put this down - Elle Magazine

Winningly self-deprecating - New Yorker

Fascinating - Washington Post

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“Two stories, two strong characters!”

Through clever narration we learn more about Mrs Gaskell. Nell Stevens combines her own experiences with the past. Cleverly combining interesting details. If you love literature and are fond of great books then this... More

Paperback edition
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“The story of Elizabeth Gaskell and a very modern romance”

“Two women, two love stories, two centuries apart”. This is a book which sets out to do a lot. There is a large amount of autobiography here which is interesting, but it is sold on the sections concerning the... More

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“An intimate and moving tribute to Elizabeth Gaskell”

Being a fan of Elizabeth Gaskell's work, I was intrigued by the idea of this book, and I was not disappointed when I sat down to read it. The dual narratives - Nell Stevens writing her thesis on the broad theme... More

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