Editor: Kirsti Bohata
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Jill is an unconventional heroine - a lady who disguises herself as a maid and runs away to London. Life above and below stairs is portrayed with irreverent wit in this fast-paced story. But at the centre of the novel is Jill's unfolding love for her mistress.
First published in 1884 and on the surface a feminist manifesto, Jill is a poignant story of same-sex desire and unrequited love.
An accessible new introduction tells the autobiographical story on which the novel is based -the author's own passionate attachment to a woman she called her wife, but who she couldn't have.
"Writing against the patriarchal assumption that two women could only set up home together as a last resort, her novels validate lesbian love as a desirable alternative to marriage and family duties. In her novels, she turned to literary codes which emphasised a challenge [to the social order - her characters cross boundaries of gender, class and the law - in order to depict a same-sex desire that she wanted to be paramount, not a last resort.]"
Kirsti Bohata, Diva Magazine
"The novel can be regarded as one of [Amy Dillwyn's] most autobiographical, and as an early expression of lesbian love. This is a novel of humour and somewhat sardonic wit, of colourful characters without any Dickensian sentimentality. It is an adventure story, but it is also a story of how love and admiration for an inspirational person can be transformative."
Lucy Walter, www.gwales.com
"A complete and utter romp. Suspend your disbelief and jump in."
Lucy Victoria Brown,Secluded Charm
"Jill's experiences are told in a style of quiet power, and with a dry, almost grim, humour." The Academy
"Jill...is not a straightforward heroine. Dillwyn has managed to create a three-dimensional character that is both believable and has a very strong presence. She is tomboyish, strong-minded, extremely manipulative and willing to do almost anything to achieve what she wants."
Alex Ross, Reading Wales
"No tale of idealised femininity... Jill is a picaresque adventure story."
Kirsti Bohata, New Welsh Review
Category: Classics Novels
First published by Honno in : September 2013