In this week’s free article from the archives, we’re transported to literary London in the summer of 1846, ‘stifling in Elizabeth Barrett’s cluttered Wimpole Street room’. Penelope Lively’s piece on A Sultry Month by Alethea Hayter appeared in SF Issue 26, and you’ll find an extract in the newsletter. You can read the full article here.
Alethea Hayter was the sister, incidentally, of Priscilla Napier, author of A Late Beginner, which we reissued in a handsome pocket paperback with a preface by Penelope Lively. If you wish to continue your travels from Victorian London to Priscilla’s childhood in Egypt, we recommend this wonderful evocation not only of a place, a time and a climate of mind, but also of the child’s eye view.
We do hope you enjoy this armchair adventure through the archives, wherever in the world you are.
With best wishes, as ever, from the SF office staff
Jennie, Anna, Hattie, Jess & Helen