I have been terribly remiss lately in posting book reviews and responding to comments. In my defence, your Honour, I have been a very busy bee setting up my new publishing venture, Victorian Secrets. Victorian Secrets is dedicated to making the works of neglected nineteenth-century writers available to the modern reader. All editions are edited by scholars working in the field, and most include critical introductions, contextual footnotes and additional material. The first title, Florence Marryat’s The Dead Man’s Message, has now been published and is starting to appear on book retailers’ websites. This is an intriguing novella in which a vivisectionist enters the spirit world after death and is forced to account for his actions on earth. He also gets short shrift from his first wife, who he treated abominably during their married life.
Next up will be Florence Marryat’s Her Father’s Name, the sensational story of Leona Lacoste, a pistol-toting young woman who embarks upon a daring quest to clear the name of her late father. The compelling plot combines murder, mystery, duelling, cross-dressing, illegitimacy, amateur sleuthing, and hysteria. This title will be published on 1st October, and it can now be pre-ordered on Amazon.
2009 will also see George Gissing’s Workers in the Dawn, Charlotte Riddell’s Weird Stories, Rhoda Broughton’s Twilight Stories, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Henry Dunbar. Suggestions are very welcome, as we’re very keen to expand the literary canon and give these authors the recognition they deserve.
You can find out more about these titles and all our other plans on the Victorian Secrets website.