Rural Realism

What follows is the text of the McNeillie Lecture, which I gave at the Wigtown Book Festival, 2006. Some recent interest in The House with the Green Shutters has prompted me to reproduce the lecture here. It has never been published and may provide readers with some thoughts, not academic, but I hope still of […]

‘The Flight of Gemma Hardy’ by Margot Livesey

Jane Eyre is self-absorbed, self-indulgent and self-righteous: her very self-abnegation is aggressive. Jane Eyre is a novel that ought to appeal only to the adolescent imagination but I defy anyone who reads it again, even as I have just done in late middle-age, not to succumb to its heroine’s emotional intensity, passionate cry for recognition and love […]


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