Thursday, August 01, 2013

Scoop (New Zealand) discusses the Whitcoulls (a local bookstore) top 100 books list as voted by their customers:
New age or old, sci-fi / fantasy remains one of the most popular genres among New Zealand readers. Whitcoulls book manager Joan Mackenzie says its popularity is matched by the resurgence of classic titles such as those by Emily Brontë and Austen.

33. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
55. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Annabel Riley with Ellen Shorrock
The Ilkley Gazette explains that the Ilkley Playhouse company is performing Wuthering Heights in Cornwall:
A group of actors from Ilkley Playhouse are currently wowing audiences at arguably the country’s most spectacular theatre.
The Playhouse actors are performing Wuthering Heights at the Minack Theatre, close to Land’s End in Cornwall. The theatre is built into the cliff edge high above the Atlantic overlooking the golden sands of Porthcurno beach.
The book by Emily Brontë was adapted by Walter Swan and Yvette Huddlestone of the Playhouse. The play was sold out for its week-long run.
The Times Higher Education explores women sexuality:
One of the best insights into this world is through what is often called “escapist reading”. “Women’s romance”, for example, which feminist scholar Ann Snitow dubbed “pornography for women”, has always been a cover for transgressive sex, from Wuthering Heights – which hints at incest and necrophilia – to Harlequin romances, which offer sadomasochism sugar-coated with a marriage plot. (Laura Frost)
In a day like today, the Yorkshire Post talks, of course, about Yorkshire:
Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights is probably more responsible than any other character in literature for introducing a Yorkshire accent to the world, although Billy Casper in Barry Hines’ A Kestrel for a Knave put South Yorkshire on the map in the late 60s.
Reviews by Nobody Important interviews the writer Debbie Heaton:
What book should everybody read at least once?
Wuthering Heights—the characters are strong and courageous and the atmosphere is inspiring. This is the book that probably had the most influence on me becoming an author.
Club De Lectura 2.0 (in Spanish) begins a discussion about Jane Eyre (posts on Lo que pasa en mi cabeza and La Originalidad Perdida) and Un Mundo para Curra (also in Spanish) reviews the novel; Playing in the Pages reviews April Lindner's Catherine; Bibliophilia Please didn't love Black Spring; the Brontë Parsonage tweets a picture of 'Tabby' telling Yorkshire tales at the Parsonage Garden and posts on the Parsonage Facebook wall pictures of the drawing workshop and more Yorkshire Day stuff.

Finally, the Brontë Parsonage monthly e-newsletter has been released containing the following articles:
Award-winning poet Jackie Kay settles in at the Museum
Charlotte's parasol comes home to us - from Canada
All aboard, as Emily's Birthday Excursion steams into Haworth!
The Brontës' poetry comes alive with Kala Sangam: WordanceMore famous faces at the Parsonage
Cipher, refuge, icon, metaphor: how many ways can you write a house?
New book from the Parsonage's Ann Dinsdale follows in the famous family's footsteps...

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