Possession: A Romance
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.