Mrs Gaskell and Me

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

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 27/06/2019
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Mrs Gaskell and Me
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 narrativ... READ MORE
Emma at Waterstones Aberystwyth
Mrs Gaskell and Me
A very enjoyable read
This is a book that defies definition. Though technically a memoir it reads like fiction and very skilfully intertwines the lives of two very different wom... READ MORE


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: 194g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 18 mm

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Mrs Gaskell and Me
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. ... READ MORE