Professor Janet Todd, formerly at the University of Aberdeen and until recently the President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, where she inaugurated a festival for women writers and ran the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, has had a lifelong passion for women writers.
She is an expert on writers of the Regency period including Jane Austen, so it is fitting that her sparkling first novel is set in 1819. A Man of Genius tells the story of Ann, a hack writer of Gothic fiction, whose obsession with Robert, a Romantic genius who regards himself as above morality, takes her from the relative safety of Regency England to a decadent and secretive Venice, where her lover descends into violence and near madness.
This darkly mischievous story of how a successful woman writer deals with love, obsession and abuse is utterly compelling.
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