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The Brontës, Brussels, and Hercule Poirot

Like any true bookworm, my taste in literature is eclectic to day the least. First of all, there are the Brontës, their wonderful poetry, adult novels, and juvenilia. Secondly there is 18th and 19th century fiction by the likes of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and William Makepeace Thackeray. I also adore the 20th century science… Continue reading The Brontës, Brussels, and Hercule Poirot

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Branwell Brontë: An Appreciation

June 26th 2020 marks the 203rd birthday of Branwell Brontë. Born in 1817 to Patrick and Maria Brontë in Thornton, he was the fourth of six children, and the only boy in an intelligent, creative, yet poor family. After moving from Thornton to Haworth where the family took up residency in the now iconic Brontë… Continue reading Branwell Brontë: An Appreciation

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Brontë Inspired Fiction with a Twist: The Governess of Thornfield by Charlene DeKalb

I've said it before and I'll say it again; Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre is my favourite novel of all time. It's hard to sum up exactly why I love it in a single post (hence why I've never attempted it) but in a nutshell: Jane's fiery and independent spirit, issues of morality, Jane's quip about… Continue reading Brontë Inspired Fiction with a Twist: The Governess of Thornfield by Charlene DeKalb

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2020, Be Kind, and Branwell Brontë

I took a break from social media recently due to the fallout from just about everything going on in the world at the minute. Sometimes it all gets a little overwhelming and the toxic nature of many of the posts that were being shared just made me walk away. From conversations with friends, I'm not… Continue reading 2020, Be Kind, and Branwell Brontë

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We Will Meet Again: Charlotte Brontë’s “Parting”

There's no doubt that we're currently living in a very strange time due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. In just a matter of weeks, many of the freedoms we took for granted have disappeared. This may be the freedom to use public transport, to go to work, to visit cinemas, theatres, restaurants etc., the freedom… Continue reading We Will Meet Again: Charlotte Brontë’s “Parting”

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People and Places from the Brontë Juvenilia Part One: Glass Town and Angria

When setting up Brontë Babe Blog it was my intention to introduce readers to the Brontë juvenilia in the hope of inspiring people to actually read texts from Charlotte and Branwell’s Glass Town/Angrian saga. Sadly most of Emily and Anne’s writings have been lost to time and what remains is difficult to piece together and… Continue reading People and Places from the Brontë Juvenilia Part One: Glass Town and Angria

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I Am No bird; And No Net Ensnares Me: More Life Lessons from the Brontës

It's the thing the whole world is talking about right now; coronavirus and its devastating effects on society, the economy, and humanity. Growing up in the Western world, few of us have ever experienced anything like this. The virus is a threat to health, wealth, life, and freedom. Although threats to the former three are… Continue reading I Am No bird; And No Net Ensnares Me: More Life Lessons from the Brontës

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My Journey with Anne Brontë, Part 2: Wood’s Lodgings and The Grand Hotel in Scarborough

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to enjoy a trip to Scarborough, a place that, for Brontëites, has become synonymous with the youngest member of the family, Anne. During my trip I visited the Anne 200 exhibition at the Woodend Creative Workspace and I also stopped off at Anne’s grave at St. Mary’s… Continue reading My Journey with Anne Brontë, Part 2: Wood’s Lodgings and The Grand Hotel in Scarborough

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My Journey with Anne Brontë in Scarborough, Part 1: St. Mary’s Church and the Woodend Exhibition

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

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Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg – Review

A few months back a very interesting looking book caught my eye due to some intriguing and exciting snippets that I spotted doing the rounds on Twitter. One of the snippets was an illustration of Charlotte Brontë's adored hero from her worlds of Glass Town and Angria, the Duke of Zamorna, invading the real world… Continue reading Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg – Review