May 2009256 pages, paperback
Set in the early years of the 19th century, Silas Marner tells the story of an embittered weaver expelled from a small religious community for a theft he did not commit.
Living as a recluse in the village of Raveloe, Silas exists only for work and his precious hoard of money - until that money is stolen, and an orphaned child wanders into his house one cold winter’s night.
Given the chance to change his life Silas adopts the child - but his past, like that of the local squire’s son with whom his fate is bound, will one day come back to haunt him.
Set in the 19th century Silas Marner is a classic tale of familial love and loyalty, reward and punishment, and above all humble friendships.
George Eliot - George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans in 1819) is one of the greatest English novelists. Her works include Middlemarch, Adam Bede and The Mill on the Floss. She died in 1880, having achieved widespread recognition under her guise as a male writer.
Jane Feaver - Jane Feaver was born in Durham in 1964. After reading English at university she worked at the Pitt Rivers Museum and then in the poetry department at Faber and Faber. She is the author of one novel, According to Ruth, which was published by Harvill Secker in 2007.
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By L P Hartley; Jane Feaver (Foreword)