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Author: Kathy O’Shaughnessy Narrator: Shiromi Arserio Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: October 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781094196893

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Who was the real George Eliot? In Love with George Eliot is a glorious debut novel which tells the compelling story of England’s greatest woman novelist as you’ve never read it before.

Marian Evans is a scandalous figure, living in sin with a married man, George Henry Lewes. She has shocked polite society, and women rarely deign to visit her. In secret, though, she has begun writing fiction under the pseudonym George Eliot. As Adam Bede’s fame grows, curiosity rises as to the identity of its mysterious writer. Gradually it becomes apparent that the moral genius Eliot is none other than the disgraced woman living with Lewes.

Now Evans’ tremendous celebrity begins. The world falls in love with her. She is the wise and great writer, sent to guide people through the increasingly secular, rudderless century, and an icon to her progressive feminist peers—with whom she is often in disagreement. Public opinion shifts. Her scandalous cohabitation is forgiven. But this idyll is not secure and cannot last. When Lewes dies, Evans finds herself in danger of shocking the world all over again.

Meanwhile, in another rudderless century, two women compete to arrive at an interpretation of Eliot as writer and as woman …

Everyone who has thrilled at being shown the world anew by George Eliot will thrill again at her presence, complex and compelling, here.

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Quotes

  • “An ardent homage.”

    - The Guardian (London)
  • “Sensitive, impeccably researched and deeply pleasurable…It absorbs the reader to such an extent that, even if they know the outline of the story, each page is a revelation.”

    - The Economist (London)
  • “Shaughnessy does us the favor of reminding us what an underrated erotic writer Eliot is.”

    - Sunday Telegraph (London)
  • “Henry James was but one of many beguiled by Marian Evans (aka George Eliot)…In lucid, unshowy prose, O’Shaughnessy brings them all to life.”

    - Saga Magazine (UK)
  • “Classy, beautifully written, and richly imagined—a novel that opens a door onto the past.”

    - Nicci Gerrard, author of The Twilight Hour

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About the Author

Kathy O’Shaughnessy has worked as Deputy Editor of the Literary Review, Arts and Books Editor of Vogue, Literary Editor of the European, and Deputy Editor of the Telegraph Arts and Books. She has done Book Choice for Channel 4, and has reviewed books for The Guardian, The TLS, The Telegraph, The Times, the Financial Times, The Independent, The Observer, New Statesman, Spectator, Evening Standard, and other publications, as well as the World Service. Kathy also edited and introduced Incompatible Animals, poems in English written by the Croatian poet Drago Stambuk, and her short stories have been published by Faber in First Fictions.

About the Narrator

Shiromi Arserio is a stage actor, voice talent, and audiobook narrator from London. She holds a BA in theater from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. In addition to narrating dozens of audiobooks, her voice can be heard in documentaries, e-learning projects, and video games.