The study and appreciation of the life, works and times of Arnold Bennett

Books By Bennett

A Man from the North (Book Cover)

A Man from the North edited by John Shapcott

There grows in the North Country a certain kind of youth of whom it may be said that he is born to be a Londoner.  The metropolis, and everything that appertains to it, that comes down from it, that goes up into it, has for him an imperious fascination.  Long before schooldays are over he […]

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Leonora – Edited by John Shapcott

“She was walking, with her customary air of haughty and rapt leisure, across the market-place of Burslem, when she observed in front of her, at the top of Oldcastle Street, two men conversing and gesticulating vehemently, each seated along in a a dog-cart.” In Leonora Arnold Bennett depicts the emotional fortunes of his beautiful heroine as she is […]

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Lord Dover – Edited by John Shapcott

Lord Dover and Other Lost Stories Published in America in 1905 but lost until now, ‘Lord Dover’ is a full-length story about the adventure of a young lord who suffers financial misfortune and becomes valet to Jack Stout, one of Arnold Bennett’s portraits of a ‘Card’.  This is a major addition to the Bennett canon. […]

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Clayhanger – Edited by John Shapcott

Clayhanger is Bennett’s totally engrossing portrait of life in the Potteries in Victorian times as seen through the eyes of Edwin Cayhanger, from leaving school to early manhood.  Amongst the large cast of memorable characters surrounding Edwin are his printer father, Darium, whose tyrannical nature was shaped  by the brutality of the workhouse; his sensual, provocative […]

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The Card – Edited by John Shapcott

The Card is Arnold Bennett’s most popular novel and its hero, Denry Machin, has become one of fiction’s most memorable characters. Denry’s story has universal appeal.  It tells of the unlikely rise of its hero from a poor working class single parent family to become the admired and loved Mayor of Burslem.  Denry’s cheeky Chappy exploits are often questionable […]

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Helen With the High Hand – Edited by John Shapcott

Written as light entertainment, Arnold Bennett’s Helen With the High Hand was published in 1910  in the Staffordshire Sentinel.  Appearing between those two great masterpieces The Old Wives’ Tale (1908) and Clayhanger (1910), it is proof of Bennett’s astounding ability to write prolifically and across genres.  Bennett’s portrait of Burslem (Burslem) is never less than affectionate […]

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The Regent – Edited by John Shapcott

In The Card Arnold Bennett created one of fiction’s memorable comic characters, the irrepressible Denry Machin.  We meet I’m again in The Regent.  At age 43 he is feeling jaded and in need of fresh horizons to explore.  This is a funny and affectionate story of traditional community values pitted against the glamour of London sophistication.  Bennett […]

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The Pretty Lady – Edited by John Shapcott

There is no finer novel of civilian life during The Great War than Arnold Bennett’s The Pretty Lady.  Written during the conflict itself, it has the narrative thrust of great storytelling together with the sensationalism of popular journalism.  The book became a bestseller in 1918, despite calls for it to be banned for undermining public morality with its […]

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The Price of Love Book Cover

The Price of Love – Edited by John Shapcott

Arnold Bennett’s penultimate Five Towns novel is a vivid and dramatic portrayal of provincial society about to change for ever with the outbreak of World War 1.  It is a picture of traditional private behaviour and the inevitable march of public profess, whether in commerce, transport or entertainment. In Rachel Fleckring, Bennett has created another of his strong sympathetic heroines, […]

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Riceyman Steps – Edited by John Shapcott

Arnold Bennett’s 1923 prize-winning novel Rieyman Steps is one of the great modernist masterpieces of the twentieth century.  The seemingly simple story is about a second-hand bookseller and miser, Henry Earlforward who courts and marries the sprightly widow Violet Arb.  Their devoted servant, Elsie, is finding it difficult to cope with her shell-shocked lover, Joe.  This quartet plays […]

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