Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories

Faber & Faber (UK); Farrar, Straus and Giroux (USA) 1993

‘A more comprehensive and sensitive study of Mrs Gaskell is unlikely to be written’, Margaret Forseter, Evening Standard

‘Like the best of Gaskell’s novel: compelling, affectionate, by turns funny and sad, gently subversive, committed and unobtrusively wise.’Katherine Franks, Literary Review

High-spirited, witty, a shrewd observer, quick to laugh and easily moved, Elizabeth Gaskell wrote fiction of great variety, from the social protest of Mary Barton and North and South and the comedy of Cranford to the mature and brilliant Wives and Daughters. This prize-winning biography traces her fascinating life in rural Cheshire and industrial Manchester, and reveals her to be an artist of unrecognised complexity, and a compelling personality – endearing, maddening and vividly alive.

Winner of the Portico Prize and the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize

ISBN (hardback) 0571151825 (paperback) 0571203590
Contact details: Anna Pallai, AnnaP@faber.co.uk