The Readers Episode 19; Essie Fox and Victorian Literature

In this weeks episode of The Readers we head back to the Victorian era and the dark gas lit times of mystery as we talk ‘The Somnambulist’ with it’s author Essie Fox who stays to join us for a discussion on Victorian Literature of its time and the modern twists authors give it now. From Charles Dickens to Sarah Waters and all those in between there’s a lot for the lover of Victorian tales and those who want to dip a tentative toe into the genre. Apologies for some wobbles in sound!

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Essie Fox and The Somnambulist (0:0:42) we are joined by author Essie Fox for this weeks show as we discuss her debut novel ‘The Somnambulist’ which has been chosen as one of the UK’s TV Book Club Choices. From inspiration to cover changes, the writing process and the research required Gav and Simon discuss another of their joint reads with the author.

 

Victorian Literature, Then and Now (0:46:40) Why do we still love reading the Victorian classics from Dickens to Wilkie Collins? What is the appeal of Jack the Ripper? Why are authors still so keen to write set in that period? Simon and Gavin, joined by Essie Fox who hosts her own Victorian website http://virtualvictorian.blogspot.com discuss just this. Gav brings Steampunk into the equation and Simon and Essie discuss their favourite modern authors works set at the time. Its all part of this Victorian special.

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