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Dear Visitors of Cranford,

I’m so pleased that you are joining us for this group read and look forward to some lovely discussions! A special thank you to my loyal readers and warm hello to my new ones. Cranford’s dear Mrs. Forrester has “been busy all the morning making tea-bread and sponge-cake” to welcome you –but please don’t let her know that you know….

Sincerely, your host,





7 Comments Add yours

  1. Audrey says:

    I’m torn between wishing I could read this for the first time with you and being oh so happy that I finally read it a few months ago. I’ll follow along with you, though, because I’m sure I’ll get to know the Amazons of Cranford a little better along the way.

  2. JaneGS says:

    So I read the introduction to my Penguin Classics edition last night, and I learned something interesting. The anonymous author was talking about the view that unmarried, middle-class women were ‘superfluous’ or ‘redundant’ in two ways, demographically and ideologically and Gaskell’s Cranford stories are a gentle satire on this view. The interesting point is that the census of 1851 showed that the population (of England, I presume) consisted of half a million more females than males and that it was discussed shipping them off to the colonies “where wives of British stock were in short supply.”

    1. Shipping them off to the colonies? Lol, it sounds as though they were rather frightened of being so outnumbered. What an interesting fact, thank you. I’m so glad to have you here, Jane. 🙂

  3. I just started in on Wives and Daughters, but I read Cranford in my youth. 🙂 So I will enjoy following along and likely get motivated to reread it too! Thanks.

  4. Annette says:

    I am reading along with the group in Cranford. I’d not read this book before. My copy is a 1916 edition with no intro. like in Oxford University or Penguin Classic books.
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Annette! 🙂 I hope you’re enjoy your first reading of Cranford so far. Thank you for joining us.

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