‘The importance of Robert Evans, George Eliot’s father, for an understanding of her life and work has long been generally accepted, but David Paterson breathes new life into this general truth by exploring in detail Robert’s working relationship with his employers, the Newdigates, and showing how illuminating traces of that relationship can be found throughout her fiction’.
by Dr. John Rignall, Emeritus Reader in English, University of Warwick
A really invaluable book for all Eliot scholars interested in the nitty gritty of her background – and for the growth of work in rural history, tracking the figure and role of the land agent in this period … making a really convincing case for the parallels and shared ground between Robert Evans and George Eliot
by Professor Ruth Livesey, University of London
David Paterson was formerly Head of History and Politics at King Edward VI College Nuneaton and produced textbooks on Civil Rights in the USA and 19th Century British History. He has written regularly in recent years for George Eliot Review on historical aspects of George Eliot's novels. He has also published extensively on the history of education in Warwickshire including Leeke's Legacy, a History of King Edward VI School Nuneaton, two other books on local schools, and articles in Warwickshire History on 19th Century education. He has been a member of the Historical Association since 1970 and a member of Nuneaton Branch for most of that time, being Branch Chairman since 1990. He has also written several articles for the Association's Magazine, The Historian. In 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Association. He is also on the Executive Committee of Warwickshire Local History Society and lectures to Historical Association Branches, Civic Societies, the George Eliot Fellowship, and U3A Groups.