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  • 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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