In a Word . . .

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a bestseller novel. Yes, I know, it’s hard for a man to do that these days. I could use a woman’s name. Like(...)

Romola Garai as Gwendolen Harleth in a 2002 BBC TV production of  Daniel Deronda, based on the novel by George Eliot. Diana Souhami’s Gwendolen: A Novel takes up her tale. Photograph: BBC

Gwendolen Harleth, at the start of George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda, is beautiful, confident, ambitious and witty. She is also narcissistic and impulsive(...)