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  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

    grainne says: "Romance and Finance"
  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
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    Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford, lost her mother when she was a child. Her father remarries wanting to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks. To Molly, any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs. Gibson is a self-absorbed, petty widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

    Sharon says: "Just brilliant"
  • Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
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    A vivid and affectionate portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid-19th century, Cranford describes a community dominated by its independent and refined women, relating the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances. Through a series of satirical vignettes, Gaskell sympathetically portrays changing small town customs and values in mid-Victorian England....

    Sharon says: "Best Cranford Reading!"
  • Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Elizabeth Gaskell's remarkable first novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life portrays a love that defies the rigid boundaries of class with tragic consequences.

    Nicholas says: "Moments of wonderful intensity"
  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

    Jill says: "Lovely novel; wonderful reader (Nadia May)"
  • Ruth | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
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    The orphaned heroine Ruth, apprenticed to a dressmaker, is seduced by wealthy Henry Bellingham who is captivated by her simplicity and beauty. Their affair causes her to lose her home and job to which he offers her shelter, only to cruelly abandon her soon after. She is offered a chance of a new life though shamed in the eyes of society by her illegitimate son. When Henry reappears offering marriage she must choose between social acceptance and her own pride.

    Lisa says: "The"
  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Kate Petrie
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    Margaret Hale returns home to her family in the rural south of England, after living with a wealthy aunt for 10 years, learning how to become a proper young woman. She is not home for long before her life is uprooted and her family moves to a town called Milton, in Northern England, where her father intends to be a tutor, leaving their Pastoral life, and the Church of England behind.

    rachel e gregory says: "North and South"
  • My Lady Ludlow | Elizabeth Gaskell

    My Lady Ludlow

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Susannah York
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    Lady Ludlow's appalling snobbery, prejudice and bred-in-the-bone conviction as to the superiority of the English aristocracy and their feudal way of life are deliciously tested, and found wanting, in this gently radical tale of the collapse of a social system. Elizabeth Gaskell's My Lady Ludlow is a brilliant picture of the shift in power in a rural northern village, from the velvety feudal Ludlows to the glitter of the new money rattling through the system courtesy of the brazen baker from Birmingham.

  • North and South | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
    • Narrated By Mary Ann Spiegel
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    When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Anglican Church in a crisis of conscience, she and her family are uprooted from their comfortable home in Hampshire to move to the north of England. At first repulsed by the hideousness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the suffering and poverty of the local mill workers and is stirred by a passionate sense of social justice. This is complicated by her tempestuous relationship with the mill's owner and self-made man, John Thornton.

  • North and South   | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South  

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
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    When Margaret Hale moves with her parents from the comfort of the south of England to the industrial north, she is at first repulsed by what she sees; and then, when she discovers the conditions under which the workers are forced to live, she is outraged. But this throws her into direct conflict with the powerful young mill-owner John Thornton. Using personal passions to explore deep social divisions, North and South is a great romance - and one of Elizabeth Gaskell's finest works.

  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
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    When her father remarries, the honest, innocent Molly Gibson suddenly finds herself with a new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, worldly and impetuous. This would be more than enough to deal with, but the new wife is the deeply snobbish (and darkly secretive) Hyacinth. Thwarted love, scheming ambition and small-town gossip underlie the warmth, irony and brilliant social observation which link the relationships and the inevitable conflicts as profound change comes to rural England.

    Miko says: "Good story, less than great narration"
  • Mary Barton | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Mary Barton

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Maggie Ollerenshaw
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    There are stark differences between rich and poor in the Manchester of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel, Mary Barton. Factory owners such as Mr Carson, do not understand the anger of their poverty stricken workers, and care little for their welfare. For the mill-workers, employment means food on the table and being one step away from starvation, but trying to gain any political power means risking a loss of livelihood.

  • Mary Barton (Dramatised) | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Mary Barton (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    This BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Elizabeth Gaskell's tale of Manchester life is set in the 19th century, when a series of bad harvests placed a heavy tax burden on workers. Gaskell's powerful drama, adapted here for Woman's Hour, is regarded as one of the most important novels of its time.

    Christine says: "a good Lancashire tale"
  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Penelope Wilton
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    Seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson worships her widowed father. But when he decides to remarry, Molly's life is thrown off course by the arrival of her vain, shallow, and selfish stepmother. There is some solace in the shape of her new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, sophisticated and irresistible to every man she meets. Soon the girls become close, and Molly finds herself cajoled into becoming a go-between in Cynthia's love affairs. But in doing so, Molly risks ruining her reputation in the gossiping village of Hollingford - and jeopardizing everything with the man she is secretly in love with.

  • The Haunted House | Charles Dickens,Elizabeth Gaskell,Wilkie Collins,Hesba Stretton,George Augustus Sala,Adelaide Anne Proctor

    The Haunted House

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and others
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    On Christmas Eve, a party of friends descends on a purportedly haunted country retreat, charged with the task of discovering evidence of the supernatural. Sequestered in their rooms for the holiday, the friends reconvene on Twelfth Night at a great feast and share their stories of spectral encounters.

    Joy says: "A Dickens treasure trove!"
  • Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Linda Barrans
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    "In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses above a certain rent are women." This is how our guide and narrator, Mary Smith, introduces us to the small English country town of Cranford. Young, modern Mary gives us her Austen-like view of small-town customs, Victorian values, decorum, and etiquette. Mary gives us a charming, sometimes gently mocking comedy of manners.

  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Margaret Hale moves with her father from the comfort of the south of England to the industrial north, she is at first repulsed by what she sees; and then when she discovers the conditions under which the workers are forced to live, she is outraged. But this throws her into direct conflict with the powerful young mill-owner, John Thornton. Using personal passions to explore deep social divisions, North and South is a great romance and one of Elizabeth Gaskell's finest works.

    Stephanie Paul says: "Such a wonderful book, brought to life"
  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
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    Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons.

    Blake's Tyger says: "Warning! Well, There Should Be One..."
  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
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    When her father leaves the church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill owner and self-made man John Thornton.

  • Cousin Phillis | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cousin Phillis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The tale of a rural habitation in the late 19th Century and the effect of industrialisation on the local community.Seventeen year old Phillis lives on Hope Farm with her parents Minister Ebenezer Holman and his simple wife. Her second cousin Paul Manning, at first reluctantly, comes to visit. He is the son of a rising inventor from Birmingham and is employed as a clerk to Edward Holdsworth, the managing engineer of a railway company laying a line close to the farm.

    Susan Whitehead says: "Cousin Phillis"
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