‘A little tragedy… of two races and two traditions.’
When the beautiful and bookish squire’s daughter, Laetitia Wingfield, meets impoverished would-be scholar Gronwy Griffiths, it seems as if both their romantic dreams could come true. But in the turbulence of 1866 and the Second Reform Bill, the gulf between rich and poor is all but impassable, and as Gronwy is the son of a Welsh farmer, a tenant of Laetitia’s Anglicised father, any relationship between the two seems doomed. As personal and political attitudes harden on both sides, events begin to veer dangerously out of control.
In this ironic analysis of the dangers of romanticism Hilda Vaughan captures the tedium of life for a Victorian young lady and explores the tensions between class, gender and nationality in this divided Welsh and English society.
Born in Builth Wells, Hilda Vaughan (1892-1985) published ten novels, two plays and a number of short stories, the majority of which are set in Wales. This new edition of Here Are Lovers includes an introduction by Diana Wallace, Professor of English Literature at the University of Glamorgan.
Here are Lovers is the twentieth publication in the Welsh Women’s Classics series, originally the Honno Classics series, an imprint that brings books in English by women writers from Wales, long since out of print, to a new generation of readers.