The Brontë sisters created some of the most memorable characters in literary history, many of them female, which may perhaps be why their work still seems refreshing today. However, dig beneath the surface a little and you will find there are more inspiring and intriguing female characters in their works. I thought it might be… Continue reading 5 Overlooked Brontë Women
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)
If there is a place synonymous with the Brontë family, it is, of course, the village of Haworth in West Yorkshire. Haworth was the home of the family from 1821 when Patrick, Maria, and their six children made the journey from nearby Thornton so that Patrick could take up his new position as Perpetual Curate… Continue reading My Journey with Anne Brontë in Scarborough, Part 1: St. Mary’s Church and the Woodend Exhibition
This is a short post to wish Anne Brontë, the youngest member of our beloved Brontë family, a very happy birthday. Anne was born in Thornton, Yorkshire to Patrick and Maria Brontë on the 17th January 1820. It's strange to think that the baby of the family would have been the ripe old age of 199 today. Anne… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Anne Brontë
A few days ago I did something that has defeated me for almost three decades: I finally finished reading Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë. Alright, I'm exaggerating slightly; I'm on the cusp of turning 30 and therefore haven't been trying to read Anne's novel for my entire life, but I have spent a good decade (at least) trying to finish it. It only took me two sittings this time. Along with Charlotte Brontë's Shirley, it was never top of my list, but as a devoted Brontëite, I felt ashamed that I'd never made it all the way through Anne's pioneering, unflinching, feminist novel
Whilst Charlotte is "my Brontë" I cannot ignore or neglect the works of her siblings. The internet is full of discussions on the writings and lives of this remarkable literary family which include reviews, speculation, theories, and lists of favourites, and reasons for our choices. Here is a list of my Brontë books. Reader, I wonder, who is your Brontë, and what are your own Brontë books?