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Mr Harrison's Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell
  

Mr Harrison's Confessions

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A wonderfully witty swipe of playfulness by one of the best social commentators of her time. First published in 1851 (before Cranford), Elizabeth Gaskell lets you in on the secrets of small town and village life; the thrill of a good piece of gossip, the necessity of clearing up misunderstandings and perhaps most importantly, of being on good terms with the older ladies of the parish. Poor naive Mr Harrison on his arrival as the new doctor, is pitted against the wiles of a formidable group of women and manages to vastly underestimate them. Gaskell writes with a deft lightness of touch, she gently pokes fun, gives an insight into loss and also focuses on the very best of this time and place. This long short story, is a delightful little treasure. ~ Liz Robinson


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In the amusing and poignant prequel to the more-famous Cranford, Mr Harrison recounts to his friend how he met his wife. Enticed by the promise of a country practice, the young doctor arrives in the village of Duncombe alone. But before he can draw breath, the eligible bachelor is caught up in a whirl of matchmaking.
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Mr Harrison's Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell

The charming and witty prequel to Cranford, Mr Harrison's Confessions is a neglected Gaskell classic with all the period detail, brilliantly drawn characters and a well-knitted plot associated with Gaskell's works. Enjoying the comforts of his well-kept home in middle age, country doctor William Harrison is prevailed upon by his longtime friend Charles, a bachelor, to dispense some advice on the 'wooing and winning' of women's affections. So begin the fascinating and varied recollections of one of Gaskell's best-loved characters. Lured to rural Duncombe by the promise of a partnership in a country practice, William finds himself trapped in claustrophobic provincial life where society is apparently presided over by the scheming of a set of under-occupied middle-aged women. Their supposed matchmaking prowess in fact leaves much to be desired; so much so, indeed, that before long the hapless young physician finds himself betrothed to three women - none of whom is the beautiful Sophy, the woman he truly desires. Chaotic, hilarious and poignant, Mr Harrison's Confessions is a comedy of manners - and of errors - that will resonate with Gaskell aficionados and newcomers alike.

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'Profound ideas and strong values sleep beneath everyday details of bonnets and cakes'
- The Guardian

About the Author

Elizabeth Gaskell was born in Chelsea, London, in 1810. Her father was a Unitarian minister and her mother died 13 months after her birth. Unable to raise her himself, her father sent the young Elizabeth to live with her aunt, Hannah Lumb, in Knutsford, Cheshire, in a town she later immortalized as Cranford.

In 1832, when staying in Manchester, Elizabeth met and married William Gaskell, the minister of the Cross Street Unitarian Chapel. Most of William Gaskell’s parishioners were textile workers and Elizabeth was deeply shocked by the poverty she witnessed in industrial Manchester. The circles in which they moved included social reformers and both the Gaskells were very involved in charity work in Manchester. Elizabeth started writing after the death of her baby son when her husband suggested it might help her recover from her grief. Her first novel, Mary Barton, dealt with social issues such as poverty and trade unionism. When it was published in 1848 it was greatly admired by other writers such as Thackeray and Charles Dickens, who serialized some of Gaskell’s other work in his journal, Household Words. Elizabeth published many other books, including North and South and a biography of Charlotte Brontë. She died in 1865 in Hampshire, before completing Wives and Daughters, in a house she had bought as a surprise for her husband. She had intended that they would spend their retirement there.

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Publication date

29th August 2014

Author

Elizabeth Gaskell

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Publisher

Hesperus Press Ltd

Format

Paperback
128 pages

Categories

Sagas and Romance
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781843915188

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