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All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
Rebecca Traister
Uncle Silas - Victor Sage, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It was fun for me to get an idea of what an actual thrills and chills gothic novel was like, to understand what Austen was parodying in Northanger Abbey and what all those girls who get criticised for reading novels instead of improving their minds with collections of sermons were probably reading to one another.

Its a pretty interesting story too, with a fair number of thrills, although the middle section lags badly and the heroine is yet another of those annoying fool women who run around helplessly fluttering when confronted with danger. Perhaps one of the originals on which so many many more will be based.

If you have the patience for Victorian longwindedness and a lot of fainting, handwringing and general learned helplessness, there is some fun to be had here.