Belinda (unabridged)

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Maria Edgeworth


Read by Lucy Scott


Published in 1801, Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda is an absorbing novel that mirrors social and domestic life among the English gentry. In her pursuit of a suitable marriage, Belinda encounters an array of characters including the dazzling socialite Lady Delacourt, the feminist Harriet Freke, the wealthy and handsome West Indian Mr Vincent and the impulsive Clarence Hervey.

Belinda follows the tradition of society novels charting the journey of an intelligent young woman in search of an ideal husband, with its heroine Belinda eschewing material wealth in favour of happiness and self-fulfilment. Anticipating the realism of Jane Austen’s female heroines, the novel presents a vivid portrayal of life in late 18th-century London, depicting leisured society in all its aspects.

  • Running Time: 18 h 52 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-439-0
    Cat. no.:NA0574
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Timothy Brown
    Released:April 23
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Narrator Lucy Scott brings to life the drawing rooms and social complexities of nineteenth-century English gentry in this audiobook classic, first published in 1801. Belinda Portman is the only unmarried niece of Mrs. Stanhope, a social climber who prides herself on making powerful matches for female family members – often above their stations. Now Belinda must navigate her own heart and mind while contending with the whims of her capricious benefactor, Lady Delacourt, and the ever-present danger of reputation-damaging gossip. Scott captures the witty conversations and ambiance of high-society London with her thoughtful character portrayals. Her narration keeps the humor and insights alive for contemporary listeners.

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