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

Brontë, Heritage, Literature

A Trip to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

One of my favourite things to do is to visit places that are associated with authors whose work I have read and enjoyed; that's why I've been to the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth so much. Due to lockdown in the UK, I've not ventured far from home at all, and only started visiting the supermarkets… Continue reading A Trip to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Brontë, Heritage, Literature, photography

Walking in Wycoller

I escaped the working from home life earlier this week and made a trip to Wycoller Village to recharge my batteries and wind down. I took many pictures and videos and this post is a chance to share them with you and introduce you to the village's Brontë connection. Reader, enjoy. Wycoller is a village… Continue reading Walking in Wycoller

Brontë, Literature, Poetry, Reviews

There Was No Possibility of Taking a Walk That Day: A Collection of Poems from the 2020 COVID-19 Lockdown

Unprecedented is a word that seems to be on everyone's lips at the minute due to the very strange time we find ourselves living in. 2020 is a year that's thrown previously unimaginable things at us all and it's been a year of horror, bewilderment, separation, and loss. It's hard not to look at the… Continue reading There Was No Possibility of Taking a Walk That Day: A Collection of Poems from the 2020 COVID-19 Lockdown

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

Charlotte Brontë’s The Search After Happiness, Good Editing, and the Brontë Juvenilia

Background As I'm obsessed with the Brontë juvenilia, I make it my business to read as many versions of the writings as I can find. Yes, in theory, the narratives should be the same, but in the case of juvenilia, how a text is edited can have a big impact on how it is not… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s The Search After Happiness, Good Editing, and the Brontë Juvenilia