Book review: Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell


Sylvia's LoversSylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell

From BBC Radio 4:
1/2: Sylvia Dobson’s cousin, Philip, lives for her, he loves her totally but Sylvia is in love with seafaring whaler, Charlie Kinraid. Gaskell’s last (completed) novel is set in Yorkshire. Set in the 1790’s – the time of the Napoleonic wars. It takes place in Monkshaven (ie.Whitby). The Press Gangs were always lurking when the whale boats were returning from Greenland with their cargo. They intercepted the boats, seized the men and pressed them into service with the Royal Navy to fight the French.

2/2: Sylvia marries Philip, believing Charlie to be dead. But chaos descends when Charlie returns, and Sylvia discovers Philip has lied to her. Set in Yorkshire in the 1790’s – the time of the Napoleonic wars, in Monkshaven (ie.Whitby), during the time of the Press Gangs, who intercepted the fishing boats, seized the men and pressed them into service with the Royal Navy to fight the French.

Elizabeth Gaskell …… Barbara Flynn
Sylvia …… Jodie Comer
Philip …… Graeme Hawley
Charlie Kinraid …… Chris Connel
Bell …… Siobhan Finneran
Daniel ….. Paul CopleySylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
Dramatised by Ellen Dryden

Kester/Donkin …… Jonathan Keeble
Molly …… Nichola Burley
Mrs. Corney ……. Olwen May
Produced/directed by Pauline Harris.

Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b072htqt

4* North and South
2* Mary Barton
4* Wives And Daughters
3* Cranford
4* Curious, If True: Strange Tales
2* Ruth
3* Right at Last
CR Sylvia’s Lovers
TR My Lady Ludlow
TR The Life of Charlotte Brontë

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