For years now I’ve been drawn to the Brontë family. Not just their fascinating childhood writings and elaborate fantasy worlds of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal, but their lives, relationships, and every day interactions. The two figures that draw me in repeatedly are my favourite writer of all time, the smart, strong, determined figure of… Continue reading Brother Branwell, Sister Charlotte: A Complex Collaboration
Let me travel back in time to April 2011. Almost a year after graduating with such high hopes from university, and after being turned down for MA funding, I was stuck in a bit of rut. In my hometown, once famous for its glass, we were hit hard by the recession, our heritage and industry… Continue reading I’m Just Going to Write Because I Cannot Help It: Part 2 – When Glass Towns Collide
I have a lot of resolutions for 2020; things to do, places to see etc., however, like most bookworms I also have some more reading resolutions. Following a mainly successful 2019 Reading Challenge I've devised a new set of challenges for 2020 which you can find below. I've also set myself another Goodreads challenge which is… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2020
Way back in January I set myself a target of reading 30 new books in addition to specific literary tasks/challenges. Now that we're so close to the end of 2019, I thought I'd take the time to look back over my 2019 reading challenge to determine whether it was a success or a failure. I've… Continue reading 2019 Reading Challenge: Success or Failure?
My obsession with the Brontë juvenilia and basically everything Charlotte ever wrote before penning her masterpiece, Jane Eyre, in 1847, meant that just the title of Glynnis Fawkes' new book, Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre was enough to spark my interest. I'm glad to see an increasing focus on the Brontë juvenilia and the stories Charlotte,… Continue reading Review: Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes
The origins of the Brontë juvenilia are now legendary. In June 1826, Branwell Brontë was famously given a set of wooden toy soldiers by his father, Patrick. This seemingly unimportant event - a father gifting his son a set of toys to play with - has become monumental in the story of the Brontës. Patrick's gift… Continue reading A Tiny Book, a Big Campaign, and an Even Bigger World.
Let's be honest, you can read a ghost story any time of the year, however, there's something so delicious about settling down with a spooky tale as the nights become colder and longer, and Halloween approaches. One such tale I was looking forward to reading this spooky season is Anita Frank's debut novel, The Lost Ones. I… Continue reading The Lost Ones by Anita Frank: Review
A few months ago I had the pleasure of reading a short, Brontë inspired story, Brizecombe Hall by Catherine E. Chapman. You can read my review of it by clicking here. Shortly afterwards I was delighted to be contacted by the author herself, who very kindly offered me a copy of her latest novel, Art and Grace, to read… Continue reading A Modern Regency Romance: Art and Grace by Catherine E. Chapman
Introduction Charlotte Brontë is best remembered as the author of Jane Eyre (1847), a literary masterpiece and my favourite novel of all time. In her lifetime she also published two other novels, Shirley (1849) and Villette (1853). Another novel, The Professor, was published posthumously in 1857 after being rejected by publishers a decade earlier. Prior to this in 1846, Poems by Charlotte and her… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Novels: Ashworth
Despite our love of and fascination with the Brontës, there are still many gaps in the story of the world's most famous literary sisters. In our quest to better know the lives, hearts, and minds of those who penned literary classics such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Brontëites have attempted to find out… Continue reading The Mother of the Brontës by Sharon Wright – Review