• "Gaskell saw the emotional and economic realities of ordinary life with a steely honesty"

    The Times
  • "Ruth, North and South and Mary Barton are at least as good as any of Dickens's novels"

    Sara Paretsky
  • "Pah! to Dickens. Eat your heart out, Little Nell. That Elizabeth Gaskell could write a death scene to make your socks melt"

  • "One of the most perceptive novels of the mid-Victorian era"

    Glasgow Herald
  • "North And South explores themes that still seem strikingly modern. One hundred and fifty years after it appeared, the North-South divide - and the social and economic gulf it implies - remains intact"

    Daily Mail

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