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The Borough Press has paid six-figures on a pre-empt for Nelly Dean by Alison Case, a book which revisits the events of Wuthering Heights through the eyes of the loyal housekeeper.The literary agency of the author (Curtis Brown) gives some more information:
Publisher Katie Espiner signed UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) with exclusivity in Europe from Deborah Schneider at ICM.
Espiner was alerted to the début by Tracy Chevalier. It will be released in early 2016.
The debut novel from Alison Case, Nelly Dean is a story narrated by the housekeeper and narrator of Wuthering Heights. The narrative focuses on Nelly’s own story, her relationship with Hindley Earnshaw, and the stories of the youth of Cathy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earnshaw, and Nelly’s own parents. It concludes some years after the first novel ended, and contains revelations about Heathcliff and about Nelly’s background.
The world Alison Case has created is so singular, so utterly real, the characters so vivid, that it is an original story that does not require any knowledge of the Bronte classic to be appreciated. Alison has made Nelly’s story completely her own (but you may be inspired to go back and reread the original).