1814: Mary Godwin, the 16-year-old daughter of radical socialist and feminist writers, runs away with a dangerously charming young poet—Percy Bysshe Shelley. From there, the two young lovers travel a Europe in the throes of revolutionary change, through high and low society, tragedy and passion, where they will be drawn into the orbit of the mad and bad Lord Byron. But Mary and Percy are not alone: they bring Jane, Mary's young step-sister. And she knows the biggest secrets of them all . . . Told from Mary and Jane's perspectives, Monsters is a novel about radical ideas, rule-breaking love, dangerous Romantics, and the creation of the greatest Gothic novel of them all: Frankenstein.
About the Author
Sharon Dogar works with adolescents as a psychotherapist.
"A thoughtful and utterly fascinating story of love, hate and artistic creation." —Sally Nicholls
"Poignant, lush and satisfying – a thought-provoking book." —Guardian
"This gripping tale brings Mary Shelley to life." —Independent
"The historical details are deftly woven into this riveting tale. A book to curl up with." —Irish Times
"This thoughtful novel can be a real gift to English teachers everywhere." —LoveReading4Schools
"I hugely enjoyed this compelling and passionate reimagining of the tumultuous teenage years of Mary Shelley." —Bookseller
"Dogar writes Shelley as a revolutionary but one that is tangible and compassionate. Her monologues are ones that feel poignant and continue to ring true throughout her journeys in the book. She manages to ground Shelley in a way that shows a new side to the mother of monsters and allows the reader to live through her life intimately." —NYALitFest Newsletter