A BURGLARY or Unconscious Influence
By Amy Dillwyn
Edited by Alison Favre
Clever, yet comic and riveting, this Victorian novel of manners was first published in 1883 in three volumes novel - known as a 'three-decker'.
At Llwyn -yr-Allt, heiress Ethel Carton is robbed of her prized jewels. A local collier and poacher is accused, but the real culprit is Sylvester, a gentleman and shady financier. The villain goes unsuspected until he falls for the headstrong yet moral Welsh heroine Imogen Rhys. The "unconscious influence" of Ethel and her young cousin Imogen inspires both love and goodness despite diversion and danger in a sensational, dramatic dénouement.
"...a rattling good read with all the elements of the sensation novel in full play... there is a first-hand freshness about the writing that makes for easy reading... For all it's redeeming humour and sense of fun the novel is based on a serious foundation of genuine sympathy for the great Victorian underclass without ever falling into the trap of Dickensian sentimentality." David Painting
GLADYS OF HARLECH
By LM Spooner
Edited by Rita Singer
Gladys of Harlech was first published anonymously in 1858.
Set during the Wars of the Roses in the fifteenth century, Gladys of Harlech tells the story of the granddaughter of the last Welsh keeper of Harlech Castle. Fighting on the side of the House of Lancaster, Gladys and her family flee into hiding in the mountains after the castle falls into the hands of the rival Yorkists at the end of a long siege. Years later, Gladys is captured and pressed into serfdom by the new English keeper. Gladys falls in love with a young English nobleman but finds herself torn between her affection for him and her sense of duty to her oppressed people. After escaping her jailers, Gladys is sent on a quest to France to free England and Wales from the clutches of King Richard III.