Adapting Jane

Starting on February 07, 2017 19:00 At ROSL London Clubhouse To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen – the mother of the modern novel – the 2017 Literary Series begins with a discussion on adapting Austen’s novels for the screen and stage. How does one bring to life Austen’s trademark […]

The Lady review of A Man of Genius A MAN OF GENIUS by Janet Todd (Bitter Lemon Press, £16.99; offer price, £14.99) Todd’s academic expertise on women writers and the Romantic period serves her well in this gripping, original historical novel with abundant thrills, spills and revelations. Ann (perhaps a nod to Ann Radcliffe), the independent-minded protagonist, is a writer of successful, […]

Sunday Times review of Man of Genius

Sunday Times, Janet Todd: Man of Genius   Pull quotation This is a haunting, sophisticated story about a woman slowly discovering the truth about herself and the elusive, possibly illusive, nature of genius.   Gothic delights Our roundup of historical fiction Nick Rennison Published: 27 March 2016   Women struggling to make their […]

TLS review of Man of Genius

347pp. Bitter Lemon Press. £16.99 978 1 908524 59 1 Published: 27 April 2016 Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier in Wuthering Heights, 1939 Janet Todd’s studies of writers such as Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft, coupled with her lifelong passion for less well-known female authors, imbue A Man of Genius with a complete sense of historical verisimilitude. […]

Aphra Behn. Secret Life

The fun part! Seeing what the publishers will like for a jacket illustration. Have decided to use the drawing from the Riley portrait as frontispiece. It has an attractive  thoughtful quality. But the jacket  can be theatrical, personal, historical….

Aphra Behn revised

I have been revising and proofing the new edition of my Aphra Behn biography to be published in early 2017. It has reminded me again what an absolutely wonderful writer she was. She crosses so many genres and is subtle and witty in all of them. Making many modern feminist points that we can easily […]

Gothic Delights

A short but very nice review from the Sunday Times (27 March 2016): Women struggling to make their way in a man’s world are the heroines of several recent historical novels. In A Man of Genius, the debut novel by the academic and literary biographer Janet Todd (Bitter Lemon £16.99 /ST Bookshop price £15.29 / […]