Winston Graham

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10 October 2013
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Manchester, 1867. Widowed in mysterious circumstances and compelled to marry again by his domineering father Frederick, Brook Ferguson selects as his new bride the beautiful, strong-willed Cordelia. But after she comes to live with Brook and Frederick, as well as their household of eccentric family members, it isn’t long before Cordelia is locked in a quiet war of dominance with the elder Ferguson. In the stifling atmosphere of the Ferguson’s manor house, petty arguments escalate and any small defiance becomes a grand betrayal, until the tension forces Cordelia out into the world in search of something more.

Which is just when theatre-owner Stephen Crossley, with his quick wit and easy smile, strolls into her life – and Cordelia is forced to make the hardest decision of all: Loyalty… or love?

A passionate romance, shot through with dark humour and melancholy, Cordelia is a modern classic of the Gothic genre from Winston Graham, the bestselling author of Marnie.



Cordelia has the virtues of readability, of convincing motive and emotion and of vivid background . . . all the excellent Victorian ingredients – guilty love, surrender, pathos and comedy. It is enthralling from start to finish, a beguiling journey backwards in time.