'The book reads like a work of fiction, but its historical accuracy is not in doubt. A truly fantastic read.' --The Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society
'It is heartening to read a book like this that redresses the balance and restores Effie's tarnished reputation... a really fascinating book.' --Dove Grey Reader blog
'Merryn Williams has written a fascinating book about this story. She has also come up with an intriguing theory that I hadn't heard before. Williams believes that George Eliot was influenced by the story of Effie and Ruskin when she wrote her masterpiece, 'Middlemarch'... I really enjoyed this book. I've read many books about the Pre-Raphaelites and I know the story but it was fascinating to follow the events in such detail.' --I Prefer Reading blog
About the Author
Merryn Williams read English at New Hall, Cambridge and obtained her doctorate from Darwin College for her work on Thomas Hardy. An English lecturer for the Open University for twenty years, she is now editor of The Interpreter's House. Her published critical works include Women in the English Novel, 1800-1900 (Macmillan, 1984), Six Women Novelists (Macmillan, 1987), Preface to Hardy (Longman, 1993) and Wilfred Owen (Seren, 1993). She has published three volumes of poetry and was winner of the Second Light Network Poetry Competition 2003. She lives in Oxford.