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In Love with George Eliot

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Who was the real George Eliot? In Love with George Eliot is a glorious debut novel which tells the compelling story of Englands greatest woman novelist as youve 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
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 5th 2019 by Scribe Publications
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I devoured this, and it made me happy and excited. It reminded me of Toibins The Master: its representations of the psychology of the characters, their shifting ground, variegated moods, seemed to work in something like the same way, and with the same fineness. It's really beautifully tender, subtle, imaginative, saturated authentically (to my mind anyway) in another time and thought-world.
Tessa Hadley, author of Late in the Day

In Love with George Eliot is a clever, unconventional approach to
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Rebecca
Many characters, fictional and historical, are in love with George Eliot over the course of this debut novel by a literary editor. The whole thing is a book within a book fiction being written by Kate, an academic at Londons Queen Elizabeth College whos preparing for two conferences on Eliot and a new co-taught course on life writing at the same time as she completes her novel, which blends biographical information and imagined scenes.

1857: Eliot is living with George Henry Lewes, her
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Lisa
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of George Eliot's birth, Kathy O'Shaughnessy's debut novel In Love with George Eliot is a real pleasure to read, even if you haven't read any of Eliot's novels.

I've read them all, and also her short stories Scenes of Clerical Life (1857) (the only title, alas, reviewed here on this blog). I have lost count of how many times I've read my favourites, Middlemarch (1871-2); Silas Marner (1861); and The Mill on the Floss (1860). I liked the others
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Amellie
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most contradictory and even scandalous Victorians, George Eliot, is still being perceived mostly through the image which more or less had been established in her own times: a great author, a genius, the best novelist in the English language, an intellectual. Her human features, however, remain unrecognized, altered by gossip and more often than not simply ignored or denied. In love with George Eliot is Kathy OShaughnessys tribute to the great novelists bicentenary (22 November 1819). ...more
Scribe Publications
I devoured this, and it made me happy and excited. It reminded me of Toibins The Master: its representations of the psychology of the characters, their shifting ground, variegated moods, seemed to work in something like the same way, and with the same fineness. It's really beautifully tender, subtle, imaginative, saturated authentically (to my mind anyway) in another time and thought-world.
Tessa Hadley, author of Late in the Day

In Love with George Eliot is a clever, unconventional approach to
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Brona's Books
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 and half stars

Kathy O'Shaughnessy has written an utterly delightful and immersive story about the extraordinary Marian Lewes, otherwise known as George Eliot. The book follows Marian from the early days of her unconventional 'marriage' to George Lewes through to her writing days, fame, second marriage and eventual death.

In Love With George Eliot not only refers to the people that surrounded and feted Marian throughout her lifetime but also three modern characters who love her work and are
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Dr G
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am writing this review as an individual reader; I understand that my circumstances, and thus my perspectives, will not be common to many. Years ago, I researched and wrote a thesis on George Eliot, and one of my major resources was the collection "The George Eliot Letters", a collection into which I still dip decades later.
Consequently, I found this imagined life, primarily based around Eliot's correspondence, to offer little new or particularly insightful. I suppose that for a reader with
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Maree Herrett
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was much about this novel that I really loved. While I had read many of George Eliots novels, I did not know much about her or her life. OShaugnessy creatively and cleverly weaves a tale that would be interesting as a pure work of fiction, yet is based on considerable research. The character of George Eliot as revealed in this novel is complex, interesting and compelling. She has a formidable intellect but is also very vulnerable. The portrait of English society as seen though Eliots eyes ...more
Lianakay
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
An absolute pleasure to read and a wonderful way to start my reading year. I would have finished it much sooner except I found that I was savouring it, not wanting to reach the end.
Anne Fenn
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Actually a little weird. This story of George Eliot is so extremely intense, I went from great interest to whoa, stand back. The additional modern day story of a developing relationship was just an annoying intrusion. The experience left my liking for the original GE novels unchanged.
Sharon Lee
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I was thrilled to hear of this book and it seems to have great potential but for 3 flaws:
- the inter woven stories of past and present is nothing new for an historical fictional biography but there was not enough weight on the NOW to make the modern day characters of any interest or to even understand them
- In the story of Marian too many characters popped in and out of the narrative without context or a chance to develop and no sooner had I worked out who they were they disappeared again!
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June Wilson
I read this book because George Eliot is one of my favourite 19th-century authors. It's an interesting premise - a novel about George Eliot's life (primarily the story of her relationship with Lewes and subsequently with Johnny Cross) - coupled with a present-day narrative concerning academics focussing on George Eliot from a post-modern perspective. I enjoyed the book but there were two aspects that didn't work for me. Firstly, I found it hard to have empathy for George Eliot in the dramatized ...more
Gina
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The middle section of this book was far too long. It focussed on the refined feelings of GE and once established it became rather repetitive. The main themes of George Eliots life were well covered, and the pace picked up towards the rather distressing end of her life. ...more
Suzesmum
Book Review #6 In Love With George Eliot: A Novel by Kathy OShaugnessy 📔I cant remember if I read Middlemarch or Mill on The Floss at university. I know I owned them but I suspect I was put off by their size and watched the movies instead. Either way, George Eliot was the most highly regarded novelist of the Victorian era. Marian (or Mary Anne) Evans chose to live in an openly adulterous relationship with George Lewes, yet feared so much for being socially shunned that she chose to publish her ...more
Alona
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book because of a raving review in economist and I should say it was spot on - I couldnt put it down. Ive heard of George Eliot, but havent read any of her works or biographies about her, so this was my first introduction to her life and works. Cant wait to read Middlemarch now...
I think its a very brave choice to try to write a book about anyone in this style, it felt very personal, as if the writer was a close confidant of Eliot.I felt like I was eavesdropping on real
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Sue
As a novel, this book was less satisfying for me than many other recent reads. As a attempt to recreate what it was like for Mary-Ann Evans to live the life she lived, it was brave and very interesting. I shall be going back to the novels to read them again in the light of my own maturity as well as a better understanding of Eliot.
Kylie Butler
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really lovely read, although the authors own story (which I thought at first was going to be really interesting and insightful) turned out to be a bad distraction. The novel would have been so much better without it. ...more
Victoria Lane
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly satisfying, though framed by a not completely necessary contemporary academic researching the story.
Lizzie Culverhouse
The problem is, Im not in love with George Elliot so my interest levels waned. ...more
Catherine Berry
Mar 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was rather bored wIth this and didn't relish picking it up for the night's read. Gave up not even half way through.
Dan
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Very well written. I liked how it went from non-fiction to fiction chapter to chapter in the beginning - I became very engaged in Eliot's story. Brilliantly done.
Irene
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful written tale of the life of George Eliot.
Laura Nicoll
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm in love with George Eliot! Highly addictive reading and portrayed Eliot has a sensitive individual
Paul
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very enjoyable fictional account of George Eliot's life. It is a novel which makes a novel out of a novelist's life, and leaves you with the feeling that its story is a truthful representation of the protagonist's life. In fact, when you consider the real personal documents Kathy O'Shaughnessy had read, it's difficult to question its veracity: letters, diaries, biographies, autobiographies from Eliot, Lewes, Johnnie Cross, Edith Simcox and their friends, families and colleagues. It ...more
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