Wednesday 19 July 2023

Book News: Through the Night ~ Mrs G. Linnaeus Banks

I am extremely pleased to announce that Through the Night: Tales of Shades and Shadows by Mrs G. Linnæus Banks, originally published in 1882, is now available in a lovely new edition. And this edition includes a long (18 page) introductory essay by me entitled 'Mrs G. Linnæus Banks: The Lancashire Antiquarian'. 

I particularly enjoyed putting this one together. In particular, translating a large amount of old Scots dialogue into English was fascinating and fun. Isabella Banks was an antiquarian—she loved history—and she was so interested in the details of everything. She was also, from the sound of her obituaries and various other things written about her during her lifetime, an extremely nice person.

Anyway, here's the publisher blurb and all that:

First published in 1882, Through the Night: Tales of Shades and Shadows contains fourteen traditional Victorian supernatural stories. There are tales of vengeful ghosts, wraiths, premonitions, voodoo, curses, folklore and fairies. Isabella Banks, best remembered for her novel The Manchester Man, was known for her historical accuracy and meticulous attention to detail, and the appendix from the first edition, which outlines the historical background for the stories, is included in this current edition. Also included in this edition is an introductory essay by Gina R. Collia, 'Mrs G. Linnæus Banks: The Lancashire Antiquarian'. (Nezu Press page: click here)

Nezu Press, 28 August 2023. 
ISBN-13: 978-1-7393921-3-0.  
Hardback with dust jacket, 464 pages.