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Emily Bronte never came across an audiobook on the windswept Yorkshire moors, but her name is now attached to a nominee in this year's Audie awards.The Daily Beast looks at another 'genre': twisted marriage thrillers.
She gets co-author credit for "Wuthering Nights," one of the finalists in this year's new "erotica" category for best audiobook.
Published in the early Victorian era (1847), "Wuthering Heights" was a shocking, violent tragedy about love, passion, nature and culture. Joyce Carol Oates, called it, however, "fiercely chaste."
Nonetheless, presumably Heathcliff and Catherine consummate their love in I.J. Miller's "Wuthering Nights." And no doubt a bit of violence may be involved: The new Audie category was inspired by the popularity of the bondage romance "Fifty Shades of Grey."
It's the 19th year for the Audie awards, given by the Audio Publishers Association. Nominees included in other categories are "I Am Malala," "My Beloved World," "The Goldfinch" and "The Son." Awards will be given May 29. (Jane Henderson)
It was not until the mid-nineteenth century that the Gothic was truly domesticated and marriage became a focal point; take Wilkie Collins’s sensationalist mysteries, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret, and, of course, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre — perhaps the original and still the best marriage thriller of them all (if you discount the story of Bluebeard, of course), Rochester keeps his first wife, now mad, locked away in the attic of his home Thornfield Hall while setting about wooing poor, plain Jane Eyre. (Lucy Scholes)And good news for Haworth residents and visitors alike, as it looks like the public toilets which were about to be closed down will finally be spared, as The Telegraph and Argus reports.
Campaigners fighting to save public toilets in Haworth, Baildon and Ilkley said they are delighted by budget revisions which look set to spare them from the axe.The Dragon's Cache has a post on a print of Haworth and the memories it brings.
Former television presenter Christa Ackroyd was part of the campaign to keep Haworth’s Central car park toilets open.
She said: “This has been a real victory for people power and something the Brontes – and Patrick in particular – would approve.
“We’re all well aware of difficult decisions having to be made and I would thank Bradford Council for a commonsense decision made after listening to people.”
Councillor Andrew Thornton, the executive member for environment, sport and sustainability said yesterday how well-presented petitions and organised opposition to the plan had been a key factor.
He said: “I’ve been impressed by the petitions and constructive attitude shown by parish councils.”
Household Waste Recycling Centres are also set to stay open seven days per week.
Coun Thornton said: “We have been working hard to find other savings and other ways to mitigate the impact on services.
“As a result we are now able to withdraw the proposal for mid-week closures and reduced opening hours at Household waste sites.” (Chris Tate)