The Fate of Fenella


One book, twenty-four authors ... Fenella is the beautiful, girlish and headstrong heroine of a sensational Victorian novel which continually passes from one writer's cliffhanger to another's resolution. Fenella, with her young son Ronny, is recuperating in a Harrogate hotel, where her flirtatious behaviour has already broken the heart of a fellow guest, a rising barrister. Her feelings at her estrangement from her young husband, who appears to be flaunting his manipulative French mistress to the world, are still running high. Impulsively, she strikes back with an invitation to the French count whose flirtation had fired her husband's jealousy. The stage is set for a crime in mysterious circumstances, bringing Fenella into a sorrowful womanhood, and changing the lives of those around her forever. Violence, misunderstanding, love, intrigue, kidnapping, disaster ... mystery, sensation, social commentary, wit and romance combine across continents as each writer takes up the story.

"The publishers claim with no little satisfaction that in this book they offer the reading public a genuine novelty. The idea of a novel written by twenty-four popular writers is certainly an original one. The ladies and gentlemen who have written The Fate of Fenella have done their work quite independently of each other. There has been collaboration but not consultation. As each one wrote a chapter it was passed on to the next, and so on until it reached the hands of Mr. F. Anstey, whose peculiar and delightful humor made him a fitting choice for bringing the story to a satisfactory close." (Summary by Loveday and the Publishers' note)

Genre(s): Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 Chapter I - Fenella Helen Mathers Etext Patti Cunningham
00:21:14 en
Play 02 Chapter II - Kismet Justin McCarthy Etext TriciaG
00:14:51 en
Play 03 Chapter III - How It Strikes a Contemporary Frances Eleanor Trollope Etext Anna Simon
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Play 04 Chapter IV - Between Two Fires Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Etext Lynne T
00:14:18 en
Play 05 Chapter V May Crommelin Etext ToddHW
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Play 06 Chapter VI F. C. Phillips Etext Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
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Play 07 Chapter VII - So Near - so Far Away Rita Etext Michele Fry
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Play 08 Chapter VIII Joseph Hatton Etext Mary J
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Play 09 Chapter IX Mrs. Lovett Cameron Etext Lynne T
00:19:33 en
Play 10 Chapter X Bram Stoker Etext ToddHW
00:15:34 en
Play 11 Chapter XI - Mme de Vigny's Revenge Florence Marryat Etext TriciaG
00:26:28 en
Play 12 Chapter XII Frank Danby Etext Christa Matichuk
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Play 13 Chapter XIII - The Scars Remained Mrs. Edward Kennard Etext Natalie Paula
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Play 14 Chapter XIV - Derelict Richard Dowling Etext ToddHW
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Play 15 Chapter XV Mrs. Hungerford Etext Rosie
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Play 16 Chapter XVI - In New York Arthur William à Beckett Etext Michele Fry
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Play 17 Chapter XVII Jean Middlemass Etext Nincompup
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Play 18 Chapter XVIII Clement Scott Etext Lynne T
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Play 19 Chapter XIX Clo Graves Etext ToddHW
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Play 20 Chapter XX - Through Fire and Water Sir Henry W. Lucy Etext Maria Kasper
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Play 21 Chapter XXI - Alive or Dead Adeline Sergeant Etext Natalie Paula
00:13:14 en
Play 22 Chapter XXII George Manville Fenn Etext TriciaG
00:20:39 en
Play 23 Chapter XXIII Tasma Etext Anna Simon
00:25:19 en
Play 24 Chapter XXIV - Whom the Gods Hate Die Hard F. Anstey Etext ToddHW
00:21:31 en