Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, (29 Sep 1810 – 12 Nov 1865), was a British novelist and short story writer of the Victorian era. Gaskell’s works are picturesque portraits of live of dwellers of various layers and levels of society, from the poorest to the richest. The most know work of her are Cranford (1853),North and South (1854), The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1867) and Wives and Daughters (1865). Round the Sofa is collection of stories by Elizabeth Gaskell. It is opened by “Round the Sofe” , a thread that stiches all the stories into one whole and introduces characters taking part in them. It is followed by “My Lady Ludlow”, a story of a widowed countess, “An Accursed Race” that is and essay on persecution of the Cagots, and other works. Simple yet expressive language, atmosphere and touching storylines – Round the Sofa has all that is needed for an enjoyable and relaxing reading.