Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 10:05 am by Cristina in , , , , , ,    No comments
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The Guardian
reviews the graphic novel Rain by Mary and Bryan Talbot.
Mary set the story in a fictionalised version of Hebden Bridge, a town in the heart of Yorkshire’s Brontë country that was catastrophically flooded on Boxing Day 2015 when its river burst its banks. Her research took her out to the Yorkshire moors, where she found that intensive grouse-rearing was destroying ancient boglands. The statistics are shocking: in 10 years, the book informs us, the number of birds shot on a single estate increased from 100 to 3,000 brace (or 6,000 birds). [...]
Rain features an off-licence called Earnshaws and a cafe named Joe’s, both allusions to characters in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Apart from being about another moors-set love affair involving a Yorkshirewoman and someone who is probably of mixed race, the Brontë connection underlines the gap between a heritage view of the English countryside and what is actually going on. (Claire Armistead)
The Spinoff (New Zealand) features the book Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand by Catherine Bishop and of course refers to Mary Taylor.
In Wellington Mary Taylor vented her spleen in private letters to Charlotte Brontë and Ellen Nussey but did not publish until after she left New Zealand. Then, already with property investments and shopkeeping profits, she turned to her pen for additional income. Her publications reflected her feminist views. In the Victoria Magazine in the 1860s she wrote that ‘the first duty … is for every woman to protect herself from the danger of being forced to marry’. She also published a novel, Miss Miles, which she had been writing in New Zealand. (Catherine Bishop)

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