Reader, please join me in wishing 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. Anne is best known for her two novels, Agnes Grey, which documents the trials of the eponymous governess, and The… Continue reading There Was Once a Little Girl and Her Name Was Anne Brontë
As we prepare to bid farewell to the year, as well as wrapping up our 2021 reading challenges, we bookworms are also busy planning our 2022 reading challenges. I'm setting myself a target of 20 new books to read on Goodreads in addition to the 15 individual challenges below. Reader, enjoy. A Piece of Brontë-Inspired… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2022
Reader, I'm delighted to share with you the news that Tales of the Genii is now available to purchase. The beautiful little red book pays homage to the Brontë siblings' famous tiny books featuring stories set in their fantasy worlds of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal. Best described as a companion piece to the stories and poems… Continue reading Tales from the Genii
It's that time of year again when bookworms begin their reading challenge reviews. It's been a funny old year, and once again, I'm glad we have books during this strange time. Normally I just compile a list of my top five reads of the year, but with 63 books read in 2021 and a new… Continue reading Favourite Reads of 2021
Like everyone else on the planet, my 2021 didn't exactly go as planned, nor did my reading challenge. Let's have a look at what I set out to read, and what I actually managed to complete. It was a year in which I discovered my new favourite living author, more Brontë-inspired fiction, and re-discovered my… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2021: The Breakdown
Reader, I fire-trucking love Charlotte Brontë. There's a sentence I never thought I would write. An author famous for her strong heroines, misfits and outcasts trying to find a place in the world, and toying with her reader's emotions like a cat with a mouse (I'm sorry, who is that in the attic?! You can't… Continue reading Jodi Taylor’s The Nothing Girl: A Jane Eyre Inspired Fairy Tale for Adults?
Recently, I semi-accidentally saw two of the Brontës' original juvenilia notebooks at the British Library. There's a reason it's cliched to say that seeing a historical thing in person is totally different to a photo or description: because it's true! For a historical text, a printed version has gone through word processing and editing, while… Continue reading The Brontë Juvenilia at the British Library: Guest Post by Tom A.
I didn’t read about the Brontës' juvenilia until the early 2000’s, more than twenty years after I first read Jane Eyre. I was reading a biography of the Brontë family while vacationing with my own family along the Central Coast of California. My four daughters were still quite young at the time, and had brought… Continue reading “We’re Raising a Bunch of Brontës”: Guest Post on the Brontë Juvenilia by Tracy Neis
Reader, after sharing the exciting news about my publishing contract with Olympia Publishers recently, I'm now proud to present you with an image of the front cover. How to describe the plot without giving the game away? In a nutshell, I can't. Here's a hint though; part science fiction, part fantasy, and part Brontë. I… Continue reading A Tale of Two Glass Towns: A Novel
Hidden Treasure Charlotte Brontë looked at the quill in her hand and felt irritable. Abandoning her writing and walking to the parsonage window, she reflected on her surroundings. Haworth’s cobbled streets and countryside had provided an excellent setting for her childhood adventures; the four surviving Brontë siblings had roamed the moors whenever the weather had… Continue reading Hidden Treasure: More Brontë Flash Fiction