Pos­ses­sion: A Ro­mance

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A S By­att (1990)

By­att’s Booker prize-win­ning tome fol­lows two mod­ern-day aca­demics, Roland Michel and Maude Bai­ley, as they in­ves­ti­gate the se­cret love of fa­mous Vic­to­rian fic­tional poets, Ran­dolph Henry Ash and Christa­bel LaMotte, while slowly fall­ing in love with each other. Fox­trot­ting be­tween the present and the Vic­to­rian age, By­att skil­fully high­lights the dif­fer­ences be­tween dat­ing in the two eras. Made up of diary en­tries, letters and po­etry, this is a play­ful tale of in­trigue, satire and ro­mance. En­joy the story at its lit­er­ary best, but we warn you – avoid the dis­as­trous film ver­sion star­ring Gwyneth Pal­trow at all costs.

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