Angelmonster by Veronica Bennett


Written by Veronica Bennett

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Sixteen-year-old step sisters Mary and Jane are bored. Longing for romance they dream of attracting the attention of a rich and handsome man who will take them away to somewhere foreign and interesting. When the poet Shelley walks into their father’s shop, Mary immediately falls head over heels in love. He is everything she has imagined and more. But Mary and Shelley’s flight to Europe does not bring the happiness she has hoped for. Tragedy and romantic are brilliantly combined in this powerful story based on the life of Mary Shelley.


Angelmonster by Veronica Bennett

Mary and her sister Jane have always longed for a handsome young poet to whisk them away from their mundane life. Then, in the spring of 1814, Percy Shelley walks into their father's shop, like an angel of deliverance.


Those in search of a good story need look no further. * The Guardian * A haunting story, beautifully written and rich in historical detail. * The Bookseller * Captures all the bliss and folly of Mary's disastrous surrender to love, and the sorrowful steps by which she became Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein and the young widow of a great Romantic poet... Bennett's take on this legendary night [at Byron's villa] is as silky and confident as the rest of her novel... Succeeds in conveying the tumbling emotions of [Mary's] forced maturity and her intense, ill-omened love. * New York Times *

About the Author

Veronica Bennett

Veronica Bennett works part-time as an English Lecturer. She graduated from University College, Cardiff in 1975 with an Honours degree in English. She began her writing career as a freelance journalist, but soon moved into fiction. Her first book, Monkey, was published in 1998 and was acclaimed by The Times Educational Supplement as "an impressively well-written and audacious debut". Veronica Bennett is married to a university professor and has two children, and currently resides in Middlesex.

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224 pages
Interest Age: From 14 years


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd October 2005




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