Armadale

Another work by one of the masters of the serial novel is now available at Mousehold Words: Wilkie Collins' Armadale.

Written in the 1860s, when Collins was at the height of his powers, Armadale tells the story of a friendship tested by fate, by dark family secrets, and by one of Collins' inimitable villainesses, the beautiful, wronged, and murderous Lydia Gwilt. The heightened, eerie style of the story, with atmospheric set-pieces in locations including a shipwreck off the Isle of Man and the Norfolk Broads, lends itself perfectly to the serial format.

As always, to read Armadale in its original serial parts, just as its first readers did, visit our catalog of serial novels. The Mousehold Words service is free; your email address will not be shared or sold and you can cancel or edit your subscription at any time.

In addition to Armadale, two other works by Collins are available at Mousehold Words: the short anti-Catholic novel The Black Robe, and No Name, a gripping tale of revenge.