Mrs. Engels: A Novel by Gavin McCrea

By Gavin McCrea

Little or no is understood approximately Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman and longtime lover of Frederick Engels, coauthor of The Communist Manifesto. In Gavin McCrea’s first novel, the unsung Lizzie is ultimately given a voice that won’t be forgotten.

Lizzie is a terrible employee within the Manchester, England, mill that Frederick owns. after they flow to London to be towards Karl Marx and kinfolk, she needs to discover ways to navigate the complicated landscapes of Victorian society. we're aware of Lizzie’s intimate, wry perspectives on Marx and Engels’s undertaking to spur revolution one of the operating sessions, and to her ambivalence towards her newly sumptuous conditions. Lizzie is haunted via her old flame (a progressive Irishman), careworn via a feeling of responsibility to correct earlier blunders, and torn among a hope for independence and the pragmatic have to be cared for.

Yet regardless of or as a result of their profound transformations, Lizzie and Frederick stay interested in one another during this complicated, high-spirited love story.

“Richly imagined.”—starred overview, Publishers Weekly

“This is the simplest form of old fiction."—Lucy Scholes, The Independent

"Who knew examining approximately communists might be a lot fun?"—starred assessment, Kirkus Reviews

Literary Awards
Guardian First e-book Award Nominee for Longlist (2015)

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