Review of the BBC Radio 4’s adaption of George Moore’s ‘Esther Waters’ (1894)

Guy Woolnough (Keele University) Esther Waters (George Moore, 1894) is an interesting choice for the BBC Radio 4 Sunday afternoon serial. [1] It is a novel that I have used it as a historical quarry (rather like Gissing’s Nether World), as a source of references of a particular type, but is not a work that I should ever have chosen to read for entertainment. Like Gissing’s work, Esther Waters belongs to the miserablist genre. It is a narrative of adversity and setback for

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