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    Elizabeth M. Cox(Author)

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During a snow storm on Christmas Eve 1928, an eminent psychiatrist reads a recently-discovered and disturbing manuscript to his colleagues. Written in 1866 by Jane Waterford, it tells of her desire for another woman and the terrible consequences that unfurl when the past refuses to relinquish the living.

Following careers in business and academia Elizabeth M Cox is now a full-time author. In 2010 she gained a PhD in English and Comparative Literary Studies from the University of Warwick. 'Tragedy at Bawley Bay' is her debut novella. She is a former member of the Bardstown Writers' Group in Stratford upon Avon and her short story 'The Lake at Foxcote' is published in their 2015 Halloween anthology, 'Chilled to the Bone'. She grew up near the town of Gravesend on the River Thames and now lives in Warwickshire with her partner.

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  • PDF | 144 pages
  • Elizabeth M. Cox(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (4 April 2017)
  • English
  • 8
  • Horror

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  • By R. Akel on 29 April 2017

    Tragedy at Bawley Bay is more than a Victorian detective story, which is what I thought at first it would be.This well-structured novella contains a fascinating mystery that makes you want to read on, in order to find out the motivations of the characters and the dark forces that rule the events. The narrative has a spiritual dimension that most detective stories lack, but most of all, the narrator is someone with whom you can empathise, believe, and like, probably because she's honest, self-critical, and courageous. The dialogues are well-constructed and the research of the historic background is serious. Perhaps the ending could have been a little more elborate, as I found it a little abrupt and conventional, but that's for the readers to decide. I thoroughly recommend Cox's novella.

  • By Sarah on 4 September 2017

    Tragedy at Bawley Bay is the debut novella from writer Elizabeth M Cox and reflects very well all that we are familiar with in terms of Victorian Gothic novels. On the surface we are led to believe it is a lesbian love story, which in part it is, but this element soon takes second place to the ghost story that emerges from the pages. In truth, the love story could be between any couple, gay or straight: love is love regardless. However, Elizabeth Cox uses the relationship between the protagonist and her lover, referred to in Victorian society as a Romantic Friendship (ie two women ‘practicing’ being in a relationship before they are married) to highlight the plight and place of women in patriarchal Victorian society. But do not be misled - this is not a political story; it is definitely a ghost story, and one which certainly gathers speed as the story progresses. Indeed, the ending is very deftly done and quite a surprise.The story opens in 1928 when papers written by the protagonist, Jane Waterford have been discovered, and which throw doubt on her guilt and incarceration for murder and insanity in the previous century, in 1866. The story is then told in flashback and the ghostly events unfold. The style is written more as a narrative than a ‘story’, as we are reading Jane Waterford’s first-person written account of what happened to her and how and why she ended up in The City of London Lunatic Asylum. Cox’s style borrows heavily from the writing of this period and this helps immerse the reader in the 19th century, especially around the river Thames and its workers. There is only one thing that I found slightly confusing however, and that was why the author refrained from using place names, for example: ‘Before long I was installed in a spacious suite of rooms on the second floor of a grand town house on W______ Hill’. Apart from this it is a very enjoyable ghost story, one you could quite easily see coming from the quill of a Victorian female author - if such things could ever be allowed!

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