J. D. Beresford (Author) Astra Taylor (Introduction by)


A global plague has decimated England's male population and the once-predictable Gosling family is now free to fulfill its long-frustrated desires. When Mr. Gosling leaves his family to peruse his sexual vices, the Gosling daughters, who lack experience and self-independence, find shelter in a matriarchal commune. However their new life is threatened by the community elders' views on free love.

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Publish Date
June 04, 2013
5.0 X 0.7 X 7.4 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

J.D. Beresford (1873-1947) was an English dramatist, journalist, and author. Besides Goslings (1913), his science fiction novels include The Hampdenshire Wonder (1911), about a super-genius child, Revolution (1921), What Dreams May Come... (1941), A Common Enemy (1942), and The Riddle of the Tower (1944, with Esme Wynne-Tyson), about a dystopian, hive-like society. Beresford was persecuted for his pacifism during WWI. His daughter Elisabeth was author of a series of children's books about The Wombles. Astra Taylor is a Canadian-American documentary filmmaker and writer, best known for her 2005 film, Zizek!, about the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, and for her 2008 film, Examined Life. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


"At once a postapocalyptic adventure, a comedy of manners, and a tract on sexual and social equality, Goslings is by turns funny, horrifying, and politically stirring. Most remarkable of all may be that it has not yet been recognized as a classic." -- Benjamin Kunkel

"Edwardian catastrophe novel in the mode of H.G. Wells, with ironic description of a devastated world through a lower middle class London family. Good realistic detail."-- E.F. Bleiler, Science Fiction, the Early Years

"A fantastic commentary upon life." -- W.L. George, The Bookman (1914)

"Mr. Beresford possesses the rare gift of divination... The picture of that bevy of English Bacchantes -- graceless civilized savages -- dragging along a butcher in a triumphal car, cannot be forgotten -- it is a piece of the most vivid imaginative realism, as well as a challenge to our vaunted civilization." -- The Living Age (1916)