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She got the measure of it young, reading Jane Eyre and Kidnapped and puzzling out their essential stories: of a madwoman in an attic, and of a boy who leaves home. "These are still governing me all the time," she says. "And then I found Shakespeare, so I found history. So that was it: my influences. By the time I was 11, it was all done and dusted."
Jane Eyre: Mantel sits for a moment, thinking about it, gleefully reconstructing the part where Rochester leaves Jane outside a closed door to wait, and she's frozen, unable to make sense of the terrifying shouts and groans coming from within. "I think," Mantel says with relish, "that's one of the most frightening things in English fiction—that she can hear the sound, but she mustn't go beyond the door." And for a moment she looks away, eyes gleaming, a woman who has spent the best part of a lifetime imagining the things that might be going on in the locked room of the past, the done-with, or the never-was, the unmappable region of the interior. (Olivia Laing)
What makes this popular modern classic great is Rhys's decision to allow both Mr Rochester and his first wife, Antoinette, a voice in this prequel to Jane Eyre. (Debbie Jacob)
Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec reprised their American Smooth to Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush, throwing in extra kicks, spins and wafts of her ghostly white gown’s billowing sleeves.
Heathcliff and Cathy must have been terribly dizzy out on those windy moors. (Michael Hogan)