Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell.
What to say about this book? Well, it is essentially a book ‘about nothing’ i.e.: there is no plot shift as would be the norm in other books. We are just given a glimpse of the goings-on in Cranford over a period of time.
However, one thing it does excel at is portraying the perculiarities of English society, such as fuss over tea etiquette and the important subject of how to regain a fortune after losing some money (women didn’t have jobs then, remember.) in such as a banking crisis and having to try and readjust your way of living if you end up poorer in the end.
But in the end there is a happy conclusion when two siblings are reunited. And that’s the best thing, surely? I personally wouldn’t want to watch the adaptation of this book because what can seem bearable in book form can be quite difficult to put on screen.