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The Real George Eliot (Hardback)

P&S History Social History Victorian Era 19th Century

By Lisa Tippings
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 232
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrationsĀ§
ISBN: 9781526754547
Published: 30th April 2021

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The Life Of George Eliot revisits the life of the groundbreaking nineteenth century novelist on the bicentenary of her birth.

Eliot was a writer who explored such important questions as the role of women in society and the education they were allowed to access, religion and the restrictions it could sometimes place on individuals, and the struggle between a person’s public and private persona.

Her own private life was the cause of much speculation and notoriety. Eliot chose to ignore most of the conventions of Victorian society in order to pursue her own happiness, and her relationship with George Henry Lewes scandalised many members of ‘polite’ society. Regardless of this, however, she overcame such prejudice and in later life enjoyed the company of some of the greatest thinkers and academics of the time, and this is a testament to her formidable intelligence. The fact that she is still so widely read today, is a sign of the longevity of her skills as a writer.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book is breathtaking in its information. The photographs are a lovely addition and allowed me to re-live my travels to the area. Those passionate about George Eliot absolutely must read this book and for those who wish to learn more about her and the era in general definitely ought to as well.

NetGalley, Brenda Carleton

About Lisa Tippings

Lisa Tippings is a freelance writer living in Swansea. Born in the South Wales valleys, she grew up with her parents and twin sister in a terrace house overlooking the Welsh hills. Sunday nights were spent watching costume dramas on television, and these in turn inspired a love of nineteenth century literature - Eliot, Bronte and Dickens being the novelists she was particularly drawn to. A career in English teaching followed, before she took the plunge and decided to dedicate herself to writing full time.


Having written a book about the suffrage movement in Wales, and a history of the city of Swansea, The Life Of George Eliot is Lisa’s third book.


When she is not writing, Lisa can often be found exploring the museums and galleries of Wales, indulging in her love of book shopping or curled up in her favourite arm chair with a good book on her lap and a cup of tea in her hand.

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