Online Course: Forgotten Novels – The Hidden Stories of the 19th and early 20th Century

  • DATE

    14 September - 14 December 2022

  • TIME

    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


    Elizabeth Gaskell's House
    84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LW

Sherry Ashworth is back with a new course to rediscover some of the forgotten women novelists of the Victorian and Edwardian era. Women’s writing was often dismissed as romantic, sensationalist and lesser than men’s writing. So can we reclaim these neglected women’s novels?

Under Sherry’s expert guidance you can discover a range of ‘new’ writing starting with Elizabeth Gaskell’s own overlooked short novel, Cousin Phillis. Then tuck into lesser known works to discover stories about female power and Victorian business, unrequited love in London’s Jewish community and a Bengali feminist science-fiction utopia. Perfect for extending your knowledge of Victorian literature and finding some new favourite writers along the way.

Grab your ticket and enjoy some reading ready for a fun and informative look at the forgotten novels of the past.

The course is suitable for the general reader who wants to delve deeper into 19th and early 20th century writing. Readers will be encouraged to discuss works during the Zoom sessions and numbers are limited to allow an inclusive discussion with chance for all to take part.

7-9pm each second Wed of the month 2022

Sept 14th Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell (1864)

Oct 12th Hester by Margaret Oliphant (1883)

Nov 9th Reuben Sachs by Amy Levy (1888)

Dec 14th Sultana’s Dream by Royeka Hossain (Begum Royeka) (1905)