Sophie and the Sibyl by Patricia Duncker

Sophie and the Sibyl

Patricia Duncker

Playful and literary, this neo-Victorian rom-com delivers more than meets the eye. Enjoy decoding the references and discovering the multiple levels of a story about a young bride-to-be and George Eliot.

Extract

Some say the Sibyl was fragile, insecure, lacking in confidence and self-esteem. But do frail and timid women decide to be atheists, challenge their fathers, refuse to go to church, educate themselves to an astonishingly high degree, run off to London, live abroad on their own, fling themselves at married men, beguile women too, and clearly enjoy doing so, edit distinguished literary journals, learn Hebrew, write fiction that will live forever as long as we remember how to read, become rich and famous, and think for themselves?

Parallels
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
  • Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Borrow this book
Explicit sexual content