Brontë, Juvenilia, Literary Archives, Literature

The Search After Happiness by Charlotte Brontë

The Search After Happiness is a short story written by Charlotte Brontë in 1829 when she was thirteen years old. The manuscript is one of the Brontë children’s tiny books, written in mock magazine style, and is now housed in the British Library’s archives. The manuscript contains many errors and revisions, one of the most… Continue reading The Search After Happiness by Charlotte Brontë

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literary Archives, Literature

How Important is the Child Writer to the Parent Author?

When we think of the Brontë siblings, we conjure up images of brooding anti-heroes, poor governesses, and wild Yorkshire moors. In short, we tend to think of Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s Agnes Grey, novels seemingly written by three lonely and isolated sisters in their family home against the backdrop of the harsh environment of northern… Continue reading How Important is the Child Writer to the Parent Author?

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Unearthly Things by Michelle Gagnon

Unearthly Things is a 2017 young adult novel by American author Michelle Gagnon which re-imagines Charlotte Brontë's classic tale, Jane Eyre. The story follows Janie Mason, an orphan who is uprooted from her home in Hawaii and sent to live with the mysterious Rochester family in San Francisco. The mystery of why Janie has been… Continue reading Unearthly Things by Michelle Gagnon

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

The Silver Cup, A Tale by Charlotte Brontë

Reader, it's been a while since my last post looking at the Brontë juvenilia, so let's get back into the swing of things with a look at Charlotte's short story, "The Silver Cup, A Tale." Background and Manuscript The story first appeared in the October 1829 edition of the Brontës' Blackwood's Young Men's Magazine. It… Continue reading The Silver Cup, A Tale by Charlotte Brontë

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The Twelve Adventurers and Other Stories: A New Edition

In 1826 a young Charlotte Brontë and her siblings dreamt up their shared fantasy world of Glass Town. The siblings worked on the stories and characters from this world, and later Angria and Gondal, as they grew up. History has not been kind to the Brontë juvenilia with the surviving writings being split up across… Continue reading The Twelve Adventurers and Other Stories: A New Edition


Reading Challenge 2022: Update

As we're now halfway through the year, it's time for an update on my 2022 Reading Challenge. How am I doing so far? Let's revisit the challenges I set for myself at the start of the year and assess. A Piece of Brontë-Inspired Fiction.  I completed this task by reading the wonderful Wildfell Summer by Tracey… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2022: Update


Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Brightly Burning is a 2018 re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre. What makes this re-telling so unique is that it merges science fiction and young adult fiction to present a modern twist on the tale that is set in space. Plot Sometime in the future, a new Ice Age has engulfed Earth and… Continue reading Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne


Catalogue of Catastrophe (St. Mary’s #13)

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Catalogue of Catastrophe is the latest offering from the wonderful Jodi Taylor. The 13th novel in the St. Mary’s series has finally arrived and once again features the Disaster Magnets and the irrepressible Dr “Max” Maxwell. Catalogue of Catastrophe sees Max and the equally irrepressible Markham in their new roles away from St. Mary’s. Despite facing the unfamiliar and new challenges,  as usual whenever the Pros and Cons are around, there is trouble, tomfoolery, tea, and time travel. I adore Jodi’s novels so I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one. Below is my spoiler free review of CoC. 


Finally – finally! – Max has that nice office job she’s always wanted. The one with no heavy lifting and no one tries to kill her. Well, one out of two’s not bad…


Away from St. Mary’s and their nearest and dearest, Max and Markham have regrouped and found…

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The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

It's time for a spring clean at Brontë Babe Blog, so let's start with a refined version of my review of Catherynne M. Valente's 2017 children's novel, The Glass Town Game.  Plot Siblings Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë invent a fantasy world named Glass Town, acting out battles between their twelve toy soldiers and Napoleon.… Continue reading The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

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A Walk Around Haworth in Bloom

A walk around Haworth in bloom Will help to lift a sense of gloom.A Sunday stroll along Main Street Where my heroes placed their own feet Can calm the mind and soothe the soul Of those grieving or not quite whole. This is home to more than just threeSisters who dared to dream and beSo… Continue reading A Walk Around Haworth in Bloom