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About George Eliot

George Eliot (1819 – 1880) was the nom de plume of Mary Ann Evans. Like several other female authors of her time – and after her time - she adopted a male name, as female writers were expected to produce romances, rather than serious works of fiction. Adopting a pen name also served to protect her from some of the unwelcome scrutiny of her private life afforded writers at the time.

George Eliot departed from many of the social norms expected from nineteenth century women. As a child, she had access to the library at Arbury Hall, where her father was manager to the estate – and hence encountered a variety of classical literature. She received a highly religious education – an influence which she was later to question. Yet she did not dwell in an ivory tower – she came into contact with the poorer sections of life on the estate – which probably accounts for the empathy with and interest in the daily lives of ordinary people

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Silas Marner Audiobook

Silas Marner Audiobook
Written by George Eliot
Read by Sian Phillips CBE

Silas Marner is a weaver in a small religious community, Lantern Yard. He is also a well-regarded member of a dissenting chapel. Silas is engaged to a young servant-woman named Sarah and thinks that his future happiness is assured… that is until he is betrayed by a fellow parishioner, who blames him for a theft that he did not commit, and he is expelled from the congregation... he finds out later that his former fiancée married the man who had betrayed him.

Silas settles in a new town, only to be robbed of all his gold and worldly goods, but his life is turned around when he adopts a young orphan, whos opium-addicted mother has died in the bleak snowy winter.

Silas Marner is a tale of familial love and loyalty, reward and punishment, and simple, humble friendships.

Sian Phillips gives a wonderful performance on Silksoundbooks' Silas Marner audiobook - available for immediate download in MP3 or iPod audiobook format.

The Mill on the Floss Audiobook

The Mill on the Floss Audiobook
Written by George Eliot
Read by Fiona Shaw CBE

The story of the rebellious Maggie Tulliver’s tumultuous life in nineteenth century Britain is given a definitive reading by the phenomenal Fiona Shaw.


The Mill on the Floss
details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, a brother and sister growing up on the river Floss near the village of St. Oggs, evidently in the 1820s and spans a period of 10-15 years, from Tom and Maggie’s childhood up until their deaths in a flood on the Floss.

Maggie Tulliver holds the central role in the book, as both her relationship with her older brother Tom, and her romantic relationships with Philip Wakem, a hunchbacked, but sensitive and intellectual, friend, and with Stephen Guest, a vivacious young socialite in St. Oggs and fiancé of Maggie’s cousin Lucy Deane, constitute the most significant narrative threads.

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