The Cranford Companion.

By Sue Birtwhistle & Susie Conkin

Printed: 2010

Publisher: Bloombury. London

Dimensions 19 × 25 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 19 x 25 x 3

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In the original dustsheet. Navy cloth binding with silver title on the spine.

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My wife has an obsession with all things Cranford, but until now didn’t have this. It’s fantastic; pictures, back story, development journal, etc. It’s like a big horse needle of Elizabeth Gaskell Heroin for my wife and all her “let’s have tea, pretend we’re on fainting couches and watch CRAaaaaaANFORD!” friends. Now they can drink tea, watch the show in a suitably prone position, and pass around the book for giggles and sighs, which is good news for me. It gives me time to do the things that I want to do but cannot do when my wife is paying attention to my antics (like throwing rotten tomatoes at the neighbor’s goat or eating a whole bag of Doritos dipped in chocolate frosting). With this book, my wife has been so engrossed in Gaskellian English rapture and cats passing lace that I’ve gained 20 pounds of chocolate Dorrito glory and Cecil, my neighbor’s goat, will never eat my begonias again. All in all, the best $30 bucks I’ve ever spent!

Review: I am glad it is a hardback book as I prefer this than paperback, there are loads of photos of the cast and lovely stories of working on the series from some of the stars.Printed on good quality paper and well worth the £20 paid.


The first illustrated edition of Cranford designed by George du Maurier, 1851–1853

Cranford is an episodic novel by English author Elizabeth Gaskell. It first appeared in installments in the magazine Household Words, then was published with minor revisions as a book with the title Cranford in 1853. The work slowly became popular and from the start of the 20th century it saw a number of dramatic treatments for the stage, the radio and TV.

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