The Portrait of a Lady is one of author Henry James’ most popular novels, and is often considered a masterpiece of British fiction. In the novel James explores the dynamic between the old and new societal orders, bringing together characters from different cultures and social backgrounds. The Portrait of a Lady has been adapted for film and television, most notably in the 1996 film featuring Nicole Kidman in the role of Isabel.
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Dickens was profoundly affected by the disaster, and a year later, he published The Signalman, a supremely atmospheric ghost story in which the narrator, while investigating a dank and lonely railway cutting, meets the signalman who works there. His new acquaintance appears to live under the shadow of an unbearable secret, haunted by an apparition whose appearance prefigures terrible rail accidents.
Drawing on Dickens own experiences, and introduced by Simon Bradley, author of The Railways, The Signalman is both an important piece of rail history, and a sinister tale which will make you think twice next time you enter the quiet carriage.