Literature

Reading Challenge 2021

Happy New Year all! Let's hope for a much better 2021 and the less said about most of 2020, the better. I have no resolutions other than my reading challenge however I will follow Charlotte Brontë's advice and see where it gets me - “I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2021

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Poetry, Reviews

Reading Challenge 2020: The Results

What a year 2020 has been. It's safe to say that nobody was expecting anything quite like it. At the start of the year I had a lot of resolutions for 2020; things to do, places to see etc., however, like most bookworms I also had some reading resolutions. Following a mainly successful 2019 Reading… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2020: The Results

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

The Enfant by Charlotte Brontë

It's been quite a while since I've posted anything exclusively on the Brontë juvenilia or an in-depth look at one of Charlotte or Branwell's early Glass Town Tales. In the past I've gone right back to the beginning and looked at texts such as Charlotte's Two Romantic Tales. I thought it would be nice, and perhaps… Continue reading The Enfant by Charlotte Brontë

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Poetry

How the Brontës Pulled Me Through 2020

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... That's a phrase you may have heard a lot recently, and it's true. Now we're into December, there is a sense of Christmas in the air. Like so many others, this year I chose to put my Christmas tree up and dust off the fairy lights a… Continue reading How the Brontës Pulled Me Through 2020

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

The Diary Papers of Emily and Anne Brontë (Juvenilia Press Edition)

As regular readers of my blog will know, my main area of research is the Brontë juvenilia. However, I mainly concentrate on Charlotte and Branwell's Glass Town and Angrian works. Set in an exotic Africa which was very different to their reality at home in Haworth, West Yorkshire, they wrote about their paracosmic worlds for… Continue reading The Diary Papers of Emily and Anne Brontë (Juvenilia Press Edition)

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Poetry, Reviews

30 of the Best Books About the Brontës: Revised

A couple of years ago I penned what has turned out to be one of my most popular posts ever. I listed 30 books about the Brontës which have been particularly useful or enlightening during my research on the family over the years. To qualify the books simply had to be entirely about the Brontës… Continue reading 30 of the Best Books About the Brontës: Revised

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

The Mist on Brontë Moor by Aviva Orr

The Mist on Brontë Moor is a 2013 novel by Aviva Orr which I accidentally stumbled across whilst browsing through some new titles to put on my Kindle for my holiday back in September. Although I didn't manage to squeeze it in between the lovely Greek sun, the pool, the food, and the Poirot book I had… Continue reading The Mist on Brontë Moor by Aviva Orr

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Restless Spirits by Tracy Neis (Rock and Roll Brontës Book 2)

Last year I was given the opportunity to read and review Mr R. by Tracy Neis, Brontë-inspired fiction which is based on Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre. Neis's novel sees Mr. Rochester as Eddie, an ageing rock star who finds himself falling in love with Jenny Ayr, a sort of modern governess who has arrived on the scene… Continue reading Restless Spirits by Tracy Neis (Rock and Roll Brontës Book 2)

Brontë, Lifestyle, Literature, Uncategorized

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Life Under Lockdown with Charlotte Brontë

Back in April I wrote a post about the haunting relevance of Charlotte Brontë's poem "Parting" in 2020. Back then the entire UK had been placed under a lockdown and it's fair to say nobody had ever known anything quite like it. When I wrote that post, I was lucky enough to be living with… Continue reading “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Life Under Lockdown with Charlotte Brontë

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

“Of one, too, I have heard, A brother … But some dark shadow came…”: The Truth About Branwell Brontë

Over the years, so much has been said about Branwell Brontë. Branwell the black sheep, Branwell the thief, Branwell the drunk, Branwell the failure, Branwell the Brontë to be forgotten. Even in 2020, the Brontë Boy continues to divide opinion, with some criticising his habits and lifestyle, whilst others pity his addictions, troubles, and failures.… Continue reading “Of one, too, I have heard, A brother … But some dark shadow came…”: The Truth About Branwell Brontë