Only one thing was clear
- this emerging talent knew North Warwickshire like a native.
And no wonder - the stories were built on the memories that Mary
Ann had treasured since childhood.
But in Nuneaton (renamed
'Milby' for the Scenes) the locals made baker's son Joseph
Liggins their chief suspect. So when Adam Bede was published,
the real George Eliot felt obliged to step into the spotlight.