Synopses & Reviews
Three of Elizabeth Gaskells best-loved novels Cranford, Mr Harrison's Confessions, and My Lady Ludloware combined in this witty and poignant look at the market town of Cranford. The railway is pushing its way relentlessly towards the village from Manchester, bringing fears of migrant workers and the breakdown of law and order. The arrival of handsome young Doctor Harrison causes yet further agitation, not just because of his revolutionary methods, but also because of his effect on the hearts of the villages ladies. Meanwhile Miss Matty Jenkyns nurses her own heart following her forced abandonment of the man she loved since she was a young girl.
"When I pick it up I always think it has a different shape or feel to any other book. It was 150 years or so before, and it all made complete sense, and it all humanly worked, and it was a revelation." —Simon Gray, on Cranford
The TV tie-in edition to the BBC adaptation, starring Judi Dench.
Based on three Elizabeth Gaskell novels, The Cranford Chronicles follows the small absurdities and major tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford, a small Cheshire market town, during one extraordinary year.
In this witty and poignant story, the railway is pushing its way relentlessly towards the town from Manchester. The arrival of handsome, young Doctor Harrison causes yet further agitation. Meanwhile Miss Matty Jenkyns nurses her own broken heart after she was forced to give up the man she loved when she was a young girl.
About the Author
Along with short stories and a biography of Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell (18101865) published five more novels including Mary Barton (1848) and Wives and Daughters (1865).