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Hilda Vaughan

Here Are Lovers

Bored and frustrated with the restricted life of a Victorian young lady, Laetitia encounters the romance she so longs for when she becomes lost during a clandestine night-time ride and is rescued by Gronwy. Attempting to assist Gronwy's ambitions by lending him books from her father's library, Laetitia becomes increasingly aware of her own disempowerment and the passionate desires which drive her into a love affair with him. Their secret meetings are paralleled with the tender relationship developing between Gronwy's brother Peter, and another local farmer's daughter, Elizabeth Evans. After Gronwy is imprisoned for inciting a riot at the local by-election, the novel moves inexorably towards its tragic ending at the local 'Wishing Chair', a throne-like slab of rock above the river where the lovers meet. Opening in the spring of 1866, Here are Lovers is set in 'Llangantyn', Radnorshire and was originally published in 1926, the year of the General Strike – it is one of the few novels to centre on an election.
345 printed pages
Original publication
2012
Publisher
Honno Press

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