Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës - It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Anne Brontë’s writings, and those of her sisters Emily and Charlotte Brontë as well. There are other writers who I lo...
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3. West Yorkshire and East Lancashire Pennines: Brontë Country.The Guardian lists the best Australian novels of the year:
A windswept land of heather and wild moors, it is hardly surprising that this region became the inspiration for the classic works of the Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne.
Geographically, Brontë Country consists of the Pennine hills of West Yorkshire, as well as Kirklees and Calderdale.
This landscape fuelled the imagination of the Brontë sisters in writing their classic novels - including "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre".
Visitors to the village of Haworth, where the sisters grew up, visitors can discover more about the authors at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
The "Brontë" programme in 2016 involves an exhibition by world-renowned author Tracey Chevalier, musical performances and more to celebrate the life and work of Charlotte Brontë.
The first ever Victorian Summer Fair will also launch in 2016, a free festival with performances and fun. Worth looking out for. (Anne Gorringe)
Debra Adelaide’s The Women’s Pages (Picador) began as a short story in her collection Letter to George Clooney and brings together Adelaide’s ideas about the contract between readers and writers, and how some books, in this case Wuthering Heights, can stay with us forever. It’s an intriguing tale in which missing, absent and dead mothers are the core. The complexity of the plot and narrative demonstrate why Adelaide is one of our best contemporary writers. She lures the reader in with two stories then brings them together in a stunning climax that questions the divide between reality and fiction. (Meredith Jaffe)The Independent announces an upcoming discussion on coming of age novels:
The Independent Bath Literature Festival’s organisers have drawn up a longlist of 50 novels, which ranges across centuries and literary styles to pit Harry Potter against Jane Eyre and Pip from Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations against Christopher, the autistic teenager in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.Bustle has a list of books to be read in winter nights:
Viv Groskop, artistic director of the festival, has compiled the list from previous surveys, expert recommendations and suggestions on social media. (Nick Clark)
9. Re Jane by Patricia ParkWestern Morning News interviews the writer Catriona Ward:
While the winter can be a fun time to dust off our favorite classics, why not try something new, yet familiar? Re Jane takes the tale of Jane Eyre and replaces the English countryside with Flushing, Queens, centering on Jane Re and her time as an au-pair for the Mazer-Farleys, a Brooklynite family. (Sarah Galo)
"I've always loved gothic literature. It's fall-on-your-sword stuff, such a rich emotional and symbolic landscape. Dracula, Wuthering Heights, the Castle of Otranto, Northanger Abbey, I devoured those books when I was young, as well as more recent authors, like Kelly Link, Susan Hill, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King. (Hannah Finch)Hartford Daily Examiner interviews another writer, Elizabeth Heiter:
John Valeri: What book(s) were you likely to be caught keeping company with under the covers?7Days (UAE) gives you some tips for your 2016 reads:
EH: As a child, I loved the original Winnie the Pooh stories; in middle school, I was reading all of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books; by high school, I was devouring Tom Clancy, Patricia Cornwell, Shakespeare, and the Brontës in equal measure. Generally speaking, if I could get my hands on a book and the back cover or the first few pages caught my interest, I’d be reading it! But mysteries have always had a special place in my heart.
Next year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth, and plenty of books will celebrate their works. Try Andrew Dickson’s The Globe Guide To Shakespeare in February and Juliet Barker’s The Brontes: A Life In Letters.Shangay (Spain) reviews the film La Novia:
Lo cierto es que, acostumbrados a las adaptaciones ochenteras y noventeras de nuestros clásicos, La novia, más cercana al Jane Eyre de Fukunaga que al Bodas de sangre de Saura, se sostiene por su cualidad de excepcional, por obligarnos a buscar en nuevas fuentes la pasión carnal de la que hablaba Lorca. (Pablo Giraldo) (Translation)Le Coin des Archives (in Spanish) reviews Jane Eyre.