These two Victoriana novellas are both exquisite evocations of the period and magically timeless stories, full of the humour and poetry peculiar to A. S. Byatt’s prose.
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Published: 21 October 1993
Genre: Historical fiction
Morpho Eugenia and The Conjugal Angel are two fascinating novellas and, like A. S. Byatt's Booker Prize-winning novel, Possession, they are set in the mid-nineteenth century, weaving fact and fiction, reality and romance.
Her plot is as compelling as that of a classical detective story, but it is the quality of the writing - its use and unity of metaphor, its sensuous language, its wit and intellectual playfulness - which renders it remarkable
Amanda Craig, Literary Review
A. S. Byatt is one of our finest living novelists, who manages to tease and to satisfy both the intellect and the imagination ... I am already a convinced admirer of the works of A. S. Byatt. ANGELS & INSECTS should win over many more enthusiasts
Caroline Moore, Daily Telegraph
Victorian and fun ... marvellous and maddening ... a display and a delight
Nicci Gerrard, Observer
Her best work to date
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