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The Passion and Loss that Created Frankenstein


464 Pages, 5.75 x 8.75

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $17.99 (CA $23.99) (US $17.99)

Publication Date: October 2020

ISBN 9781783448029

Rights: US & CA

Andersen Press (Oct 2020)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: October 2020


A reimagining of Mary Shelley's young adulthood: her passionate love affair, her tragedies, and her creation of the greatest Gothic science fiction novel

1814: Mary Godwin, the 16-year-old daughter of radical socialist and feminist writers, runs away with a dangerously charming young poet—Percy Bysshe Shelley. From there, the two young lovers travel a Europe in the throes of revolutionary change, through high and low society, tragedy and passion, where they will be drawn into the orbit of the mad and bad Lord Byron. But Mary and Percy are not alone: they bring Jane, Mary's young step-sister. And she knows the biggest secrets of them all . . . Told from Mary and Jane's perspectives, Monsters is a novel about radical ideas, rule-breaking love, dangerous Romantics, and the creation of the greatest Gothic novel of them all: Frankenstein.


"A thoughtful and utterly fascinating story of love, hate and artistic creation." —Sally Nicholls

"Poignant, lush and satisfying – a thought-provoking book." —Guardian

"This gripping tale brings Mary Shelley to life." —Independent

"The historical details are deftly woven into this riveting tale. A book to curl up with." —Irish Times

"This thoughtful novel can be a real gift to English teachers everywhere." —LoveReading4Schools

"I hugely enjoyed this compelling and passionate reimagining of the tumultuous teenage years of Mary Shelley." —Bookseller

"[An] interesting, compelling, meaty novel." —School Librarian

"Dogar writes Shelley as a revolutionary but one that is tangible and compassionate. Her monologues are ones that feel poignant and continue to ring true throughout her journeys in the book. She manages to ground Shelley in a way that shows a new side to the mother of monsters and allows the reader to live through her life intimately." —NYALitFest Newsletter

Author Biography

Sharon Dogar works with adolescents as a psychotherapist.