These delightful and collectible editions are published as a part of Penguin’s beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series. Designed by the multi-award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, the series features editions that are bound in high-quality, colorful, and tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. The most well-known piece of Gaskell’s work takes place in a sleepy English village, the majority of whose residents are female. The daughters of the former rector, Miss Deborah Jenkyns, and her sister, Miss Matty, is at the center of this community, which thrives on the interaction of its members and the rumors that circulate about them. However, there is a persistent danger to the tranquility of the home, which can take the form of a catastrophic financial event, a fictitious break-in, a terrible accident, or the unexpected return of long-absent relatives.