Author Nell Stevens to Visit Penarth

Griffin Books is pleased to be joined by author Nell Stevens who will be discussing her new book, Mrs Gaskell and Me, over an afternoon cream tea. 

This is a book is about unrequited love, the romance of friendship, and forming a way of life outside the conventions of your time. Hugely compelling, moving and wildly funny, it asks important questions about what it means to be a woman in the world we live in.

In 1857, Elizabeth Gaskell left the anxieties of her home life and literary career in England and set sail for Rome. There, she found excitement, inspiration, and love: a group of artists and writers who would become lifelong friends, and a man – Charles Norton – who would become the love of Mrs Gaskell’s life, though they would never be together.

In 2013, Nell Stevens is embarking on her Ph.D. – about the community of artists and writers living in Rome in the mid-nineteenth century – and falling drastically in love with a man who lives in another country. As Nell chases her heart around the world, and as Mrs Gaskell forms the greatest connection of her life, these two women, though centuries apart, are drawn together. Ultimately it also offers Nell an opportunity: even as her own relationship falls apart, perhaps, in her writing, she can give Mrs Gaskell the ending she deserved.


Tickets are £15 and include a copy of the book and a delicious cream tea. The event will take place at All Saints Church, Penarth on Wednesday 12th September at 2:30pm for a 3pm start. 

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