Writing about the Scottish-born novelist Margot Livesey, the author Alice Sebold remarked, “Every novel of Margot Livesey’s is, for her readers, a joyous discovery. Her work radiates with compassion and intelligence and always, deliciously, mystery.”
How has Margot Livesey managed to create this suspense in novel after novel, including in contemporary classics such as The Flight of Gemma Hardy, The House on Fortune Street, and her most recent work, Mercury? Host Jacke Wilson is joined by the author for a conversation about her readerly passions and writerly inspirations, including Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier, and James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room.
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3 thoughts on “History of Literature #78 – Jane Eyre, The Good Soldier, Giovanni’s Room (with Margot Livesey)”
Margot Livesey is charming to listen to. I will make a point to read her. Jane Eyre was always part of our household, being that my mother had these very old editions of that and Wuthering Heights. She and her dire situations and strength to get out of them gave me courage.
(Sorry about the delay – I thought you had automatic approval status!) I’m so glad you enjoyed the Margot Livesey episode, which has been very popular. I agree that she was completely delightful. And how wonderful that Jane Eyre proved a source of strength for you. Thanks for leaving the comment (and again – sorry for the delay!)
It’s no problem. I started a new blog in January, so it was probably the old one that had that status.