Bib·li·o·phile Fridays: North and South

Bib·li·o·phile Fridays is a new weekly meme, co-hosted by Aurora and myself. Please come check us out over at the Goodreads group, we’d love to have you take part.🙂

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March 10: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Choose 5 books that feature strong female leads.

I wanted to avoid the choices that I thought were a bit obvious for this week (Hermione, Annabeth, Katniss etc), and I also wanted to avoid the action-hero type of strong woman so this list took me a bit longer to think of.

Denna & Mare – Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Binti – Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Jane Grey – My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
Polly, Mal & all the girls – Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #31) by Terry Pratchett
Margaret Hale – North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

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When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. In North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fuses individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale creates one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature.

About the Author

Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
, née Stevenson (29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as Mrs. Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. She is perhaps best known for her biography of Charlotte Brontë. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature.

Other Gaskell books I’ve enjoyed (full of wonderful female characters)

Cranford Wives and Daughters

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