Poor Things. Bella Baxter (Emma Stone)
Poor Things

Poor Things

  • 2024 film

Black, period sci-fi comedy about a young Victorian woman who is brought back to life by an eccentric scientist. Stars Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott and more.

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 4

Alasdair Gray - Poor Things

By Alasdair Gray

Now a major motion picture starring Emma Stone, Ramy Youssef, Mark Ruffalo, and Willem Dafoe, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

"Witty and delightfully written" (New York Times Book Review), Alasdair Gray's Poor Things echoes Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in this novel of a young woman freeing herself from the confines of the suffocating Victorian society she was created to serve.

Winner of the Whitbread Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize.

In the 1880s in Glasgow, Scotland, medical student Archibald McCandless finds himself enchanted with the intriguing creature known as Bella Baxter. Supposedly the product of the fiendish scientist Godwin Baxter, Bella was resurrected for the sole purpose of fulfilling the whims of her benefactor. As his desire turns to obsession, Archibald's motives to free Bella are revealed to be as selfish as Godwin's, who claims her body and soul.

But Bella has her own passions to pursue. Passions that take her to aristocratic casinos, low-life Alexandria, and a Parisian bordello, reaching an interrupted climax in a Scottish church. Exploring her station as a woman in the shadow of the patriarchy, Bella knows it is up to her to free herself - and to decide what meaning, if any, true love has in her life.

First published: Tuesday 3rd October 2023

  • Published: Thursday 24th August 2023
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Pages: 336
  • Catalogue: 9781526657886

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  • Published: Thursday 11th September 2014
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Download: 340mb

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  • Published: Thursday 19th October 2023
  • Publisher: W. F. Howes
  • Minutes: 555

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