Have you made your New Year resolution yet? Usually I don’t bother as I know my lack of will-power means that any promise to reduce my red wine intake, or lose a few pounds, will end in ignominious failure before the end of January.
However, this year I have broken my self-imposed rule and resolved to read Marriage by Susan Ferrier.
Ms Ferrier was a 19th century novelist, Edinburgh born and bred. Marriage, her first novel published in 1818, was as popular as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice back in the day.
I consider myself to be reasonably well read, but I am ashamed to admit I had not heard of Ms Ferrier until a few days ago, when I read of Val McDermid’s project to promote forgotten women writers.
Now I have heard of Ms McDermid, and read most of her books, so if she recommends a novel, it must be worth a try.
According to the National Library of Scotland, Marriage tells the tale of English heiress Lady Juliana who, after eloping with impoverished Scot Henry Douglas, has to adjust to life in a run-down castle in the Highlands.
If there are any TV producers out there looking for a new project, Marriage would make the perfect period drama to brighten our dreich Sunday nights. I wonder what Colin Firth looks like in a kilt?