The launch party took place on the 13th June 2017 at Heffers Bookshop in Cambridge yesterday evening and was very well-received by all. Thanks to all those who came along and especially to Vicky Gilder, David Wightman, and Katherine Bright-Holmes for so much support and to Jane Monson for reading Aphra. #aphrabehn #booklaunch The book […]
“Janet Todd has combed the archives, explored all the possible options, and made connections based on probabilities in such a way that a credible picture emerges of the life and personality of this fascinating, talented woman.” Read the full review here.
On Sunday July 2nd Janet Todd will be speaking at the Bradford Literature Festival. The panel, made up of historian, Carol Dyhouse, authors, Moni Mohsin and Janet Todd, will examine what it is about the character of Mr Darcy that has set the bar for heroic heartthrobs ever since. Why is it that this particular man […]
“..whether you are in search of a biography of a fascinating woman or one of a hugely influential writer or seek a window onto the political, literary and cultural landscape of Restoration England you will find all three in this page-turning book.” Read the full review here.
What happens when an eminent scholar and biographer turns her hand to fiction? In the case of Janet Todd’s A Man of Genius, we get a highly distinctive, engrossing tale of mystery and madness, centering on a woman writer of one of those “horrid books” that were so popular around Jane Austen’s time. In Todd’s novel, […]
Review by Jeff Grimm A Man of Genius by Janet Todd is a psychological page turner. It delves deeply into the interactions between a female writer and a genius/borderline madman. Here is brief summary from the publisher: A Man of Genius portrays a psychological journey from safety into obsession and secrecy. It mirrors a physical journey from flamboyant […]
By Historical Novel Society In 1816 London, Ann St. Clair supports herself by writing gothic horror novels. Her cold, cruel mother had rejected her as a child, and her father had died before her birth. Remaining a spinster, Ann surrounds herself with other artistic types. The long war with France is over, Napoleon defeated, and […]
A Man of Genius portrays a psychological journey from safety into obsession and secrecy. It mirrors a physical passage from flamboyant Regency England through a Europe conquered by Napoleon. Ann, a successful writer of cheap Gothic novels, becomes obsessed with Robert James, regarded by many, including himself, as a genius, with his ideas, his talk, […]
By Shelley DeWees Once as a child he’d had himself electrocuted to see how it would feel. He’d let the current course through him. He’d felt vibrant. Perhaps he’d never been the same since, just full of sparks. Perhaps touching him she’d taken on some of his electricity, only instead of making her more alive, it […]
Review by Candy M Expected Publication Date: April 12th, 2016 Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press Pages: 352 Received: I received an ARC from the publisher. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Book Blurb: A Man of Genius portrays a psychological journey from safety into obsession and secrecy. It mirrors a physical passage from flamboyant Regency England […]