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The Ten Best Modern Novels Set in the Nineteenth Century by Anna Mazzola

Posted on: 13/07/2016 Victorian

This is hard. There are many incredible novels set in the nineteenth century and I have read large numbers of them as ‘research’ for my own novels (i.e. as a means of putting off writing my own novels). I am not including within this list books that were actually written in the nineteenth century, as that would make my task impossible. Forgive me for what I have had to leave out. I anticipate years of angry letters from Patrick O’Brian fans. 1. Nights at the Circus, Angela Carter, 1984 Just sque…

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Censorship in the Age of Hypocrisy

Posted on: 19/11/2015 with tags: Elieen Horne, Emile Zola, Zola and the Victorians, Victorian

Zola and the Victorians: Censorship in the Age of Hypocrisy This is an untold story of an altruistic opportunist – a colourful footnote in British history about an adventurer who loved literature and made his living from it. Henry Vizetelly (1820-1894) was a writer and publisher who rightly appreciated the great French novelist and social reformer Émile Zola as the French Tolstoy, and knew, in terms of his sales potential in Britain, that Zola was also a French Dickens, that most popular of Vict…

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Jane Austen will appear on £10 notes

Posted on: 31/07/2013 with tags: janes austen, pride and prejudice, Victorian

At a press conference last week, the new Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, confirmed that Jane Austen will appear on £10 notes (though not until 2017). The announcement followed a high-profile campaign earlier this year against the prospect of having no women – apart from the Queen – on British currency (Winston Churchill will replace Elizabeth Fry on the £5 note from 2016). Carney said of Austen: ‘Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognised as one of the greatest…

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