Publisher Description

North and South is set in the fictional town of Milton in the North of England when industrialisation was changing the city. The novel has frequently been favourably compared to the similarly-focused Shirley by the better-known novelist and friend of Gaskell,  Charlotte Brontë. Forced to leave her home in the tranquil rural south,  Margaret Hale settles with her parents in the industrial town of Milton where she witnesses the harsh brutal world wrought by the industrial revolution and where employers and workers clash in the first organised strikes. Sympathetic to the poor whose courage and tenacity she admires and among whom she makes friends, she clashes with John Thornton, a cotton mill manufacturer who belongs to the nouveaux riches and whose contemptuous attitude to workers Margaret despises. The confrontation between her and Mr Thornton is reminiscent ofElizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, but in the broad context of the harsh industrial North.

Young Adult
January 1
Public Domain

Customer Reviews

zrizvi ,


Absolutely loved this book after watching the 2004 BBC adaption. I am just obsessed with the authors descriptions of the characters thoughts and feelings- they’re so real and relatable!

Capt. Bananas ,

Irresistible Romance

The story of Margaret Hale, displaced from her idyllic home in the south, to the dirty, industrial north and Mr.Thornton, mill ‘master’ and devoted son to as harsh a mother as any young woman could ever come across . It is a one sided romance as Mr.Thornton quickly falls in love with a young woman who feels him devoid of any feeling. It is beautifully written and very entertaining. I love it! If you have seen the television production you will enjoy reading new details and a further development of each character’s back story.

Mirren R ,

North and South

Absolutely splendid!

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