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The Making of Mrs Hale - behind the scenes

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Discussion Guide

 

  1. Which character in this novel do you identify with the most? Why?

  2. In the novel, Julia is faced with a series of challenges. Do you find her story sympathetic? Have you ever had a situation where you have been challenged? Did it cause a personal change?

  3. What do you consider to be the important themes in this novel? What examples did you find?

  4. Thomas Hale is very aware of his shortcomings. Do you find his story sympathetic? Why / why not? 

  5. If you could give Julia one piece of advice, what would it be? What advice would you give Thomas?

  6. In what ways do Julia and Thomas change throughout the novel? What do you consider to be the biggest factor(s) in their change?

  7. While this is a work of fiction, certain historical elements and places are referenced, such as the incidents in India. How did these historical details affect the narrative? Did they help you to feel a sense of time & place?

  8. What were the most appealing parts of the book?

  9. Did you enjoy seeing references to other characters? Why / why not?

  10.  What do you think happens next? 

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     images of Edinburgh

     from my 2015 visit to 

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