First things first, have you seen how gorgeous the latest Penguin English Library books are? I’m sure they get more and more stunning to behold with each new release! It’s fairly obvious that this is probably my favourite collection of books, and as you might have guessed I’ve amassed a fair collection of them as time has gone by. Pretty as they are (and boy they really really are!), they are also great examples of classic pieces of literature, and I love reading them just as much as I love staring adoringly at the covers! Realising it’ss been a while since I’d read anything from this range I decided to pick up a short little number from Elizabeth Gaskell.
Cranford is of course an extremely well known book with multiple TV adaptations and a firm fan following, but what is it really about? Having now read the book I think the best way to describe it is to say it focuses quite specifically on the inhabitants of Cranford itself and the daily goings of this small community. ‘Dominated by women and governed by old-fashioned ways’, the book looks at several different female characters and the ways in which they interact within this self-contained microcosm of society.