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.
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.
'Profound ideas and strong values sleep beneath everyday details of bonnets and cakes'
- The Guardian
Publication date: 29/08/2014
Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
|Publication date:||29th August 2014|
|Publisher:||Hesperus Press Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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 Gaskellâ€™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 ...More About Elizabeth Gaskell