Mary and Frankenstein


The story of how Mary Shelley’s created ‘Frankenstein‘ is known by many. Yet, the real story, the background to ‘Mary and Frankenstein‘ is a richer, more complex matter. For months following that famous, stormy Lake Geneva night, Mary Shelley was pressed to offer a story to her companions. Nightmares, her tumultuous life and news of the development of electricity of early electricity, inspired Mary’s legendary creation.

Júlia Sardà’s Cubist/ ‘Wuthering Heights‘ like images, rich and haunted, add to the drama of Linda Bailey’s story. The writer’s fascination for her subject resonates From a devotion to Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother she knew for eleven days only, to an abiding sense of adventure, Mary Shelley is an inspiring character.

‘Mary and Frankenstein‘ is a rich, ‘forever’ picture book that depicts the age, the inspiration and the story brilliantly. Bookwagon is proud to sell this wonderful title.

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Mary and Frankenstein

Linda Bailey, illustrated by Júlia Sardà

(Andersen Press)

Frankenstein‘ made Mary Shelley’s name. Yet what do we know of the inspiration for her story? Furthermore, who is the young writer behind the legendary character?
In ‘Mary and Frankenstein‘, Canadian writer Linda Bailey takes readers behind the pages to Mary’s tragic infancy and unconventional childhood. It seems like these are the seeds that sow such a curious, rebellious Romantic character. Despite her age and gender, Mary fits right into the daring circle that carves an outrageous reputation in literature and social circles. Their stories and behaviour inspire her. However, could there be something more?
One night in windswept Lake Geneva, Mary is one of a party of five that daring to create the most outstanding ghost story. Mary’s mind goes into overdrive. What story shall she tell? What are the other stories shared? Why does it take nine months for the birth of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein‘? Furthermore, what are the influences that amass to build the story we know, or don’t, today?
It is interesting to read this title alongside Ada’s Ideas and/or  Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse in conjunction with this title to gather a little more perspective of the age and the characters.


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