Thursday, April 19, 2018

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This writer from Daily Times (Pakistan) stretched a trip to Scotland:
As we boarded the train to Leeds, to check out Haworth, where the Brontë sisters wrote their classics and are buried, we realised we had just scratched the surface of Scotland. There is so much more to see on a future visit. (Ahmad Faruqui)
Coincidentally, Christopher Fowler explores the North of England:
‘Can I ask – have you ever had a proper job?’I explained that I’d been a journalist and had run a film company before becoming a writer, and she cut me off. ‘No, a proper job.’‘Like what?’ I asked.‘You know,’ she replied. ‘Lifting.’True, I hadn’t done any lifting except at the gym, but I knew a bit about books. I knew that Thomas De Quincey, John Braine, Charlotte Brontë and Alan Bennett were all from the North, as were Margaret Drabble, Beryl Bainbridge and Jeanette Winterson. Bainbridge’s novels, like ‘Young Adolf’, based on the myth that Hitler once worked at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool, brought hilarity to death and darkness. [...] Forget about the Brontës; I’ve always admired David Nobbs, John Braine, Winifred Holtby, Alan Sillitoe, Stan Barstow and Keith Waterhouse, who mixed dark and light together almost without thinking.
The Telegraph and Argus tells about a new project at Keighley railway station.
Passengers can now learn more about a town’s rail history as they wait for a train.Interpretive posters outlining the impact of railways on Keighley have been installed in the waiting rooms on platforms one and two of the town’s station.Behind the project is the Keighley Station Partnership (KSP), a group dedicated to improving information provided at the site. [...]Keighley BID officer, Phil Walker, said: “Keighley Station is a ‘destination gateway’ to Brontë Country and there has long been a need to provide information on what the town has to offer to visitors arriving from Leeds, Bradford and Skipton, as they walk up the long ramps to the forecourt.“We hope these imaginative posters, and others yet to come, will do that and Keighley BID has been happy to provide eight new poster cases to fulfill this need.” (Alistair Shand)
We have several reviews of the film adaptation of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society.
When Juliet arrives from London, she is regarded with awe simply because she is the author of a book about Anne Brontë. When the book lovers discover she is planning an article about them, their attitude changes. They’re harbouring some painful secrets which they don’t want to share.As in Ealing comedies, the community is far stronger than any individual. The mildly eccentric members of the literary society remain remarkably loyal to one another. The war, meanwhile, is presented as an inconvenience. The members of the Potato Peel society are so busy discussing Brontë and Charles Lamb’s Shakespeare stories that they manage to keep the outside world at bay. (Geoffrey Macnab for The Independent)
It's 1941, the Channel Island of Guernsey is under German Occupation and a group of friends are caught out after curfew. In desperation, they tell the patrol that they're returning from a meeting of their reading club, figuring the Germans will fail to find anything subversive in the act of reading Emily Brontë and Charles Lamb. (Sandra Hall for The Sydney Morning Herald)
THE PLOT: Post-war London. Juliet (Lily James) is an avid reader and an even more passionate writer. Her latest book on Anne Brontë wasn’t exactly a bestseller. Still, her publisher Sidney (Matthew Goode) has confidence in her cheerful approach to life. Juliet is contacted by Guernsey resident Dawsey (Michael Huisman) about tracking down a Shakespeare book. He relates a brief story about his book club, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society and how it gave them hope during the German occupation. Intrigued, Juliet heads to the small island in the English Channel to find out more. There, she meets the other members of the Society including the bitter Amelia (Penelope Wilton), who objects to Juliet writing about their wartime experiences. However, this is a story that needs to be told… (Gareth O’Connor for Movies.ie)
Shaffer and Barrows’ short, breezy novel wasn’t aiming for Brontë to begin with, but it’s received soapier treatment still in the slick hands of co-writers Don Roos (some way from “The Opposite of Sex”), Thomas Bezucha (“The Family Stone”) and Kevin Hood (“Becoming Jane”). (Guy Lodge for Variety)
Actor Ben Hardy tells Digital Spy about BBC One's new Woman in White miniseries.
"What really struck me about The Woman in White is just how ahead of its time it was – especially the actual themes of the piece."They're more relevant now than they were when we filmed it, actually – this idea of these two women living freely within the strict structure of Victorian society and a heinous patriarch coming and spoiling everything."It feels very current and the pacing as well... I read the book in a couple of days and it was 600 pages, which I couldn't do with Charlotte Brontë!"This is more modern in terms of pace, and hopefully a modern audience will respond to it." (Morgan Jeffery)
Critictoo (France) highlights 6 roles played by Toby Stephens, including his Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre 2006.
Jane Eyre (2006)
Avant de devenir le capitaine Flint (voir plus bas), on peut dire que le rôle le plus emblématique de la carrière de Toby Stephens sur le petit écran était sans aucun doute celui de M. Rochester dans cette adaptation de Jane Eyre avec Ruth Wilson en tête d’affiche.Célébrée comme étant l’une des meilleures adaptations, l’acteur incarne ce mythique personnage de la littérature, l’exemple type du héros byronien, aussi passionné qu’imparfait. (Carole) (Translation)
Book Riot recommends '50 Must-Read Middle-Grade Graphic Novels', including
4. JANE, THE FOX, AND ME BY FANNY BRITT“ Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends…Fortunately, Hélène has one consolation, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Hélène identifies strongly with Jane’s tribulations, and when she is lost in the pages of this wonderful book, she is able to ignore her tormentors. But when Hélène is humiliated on a class trip in front of her entire grade, she needs more than a fictional character to allow her to see herself as a person deserving of laughter and friendship. Leaving the outcasts’ tent one night, Hélène encounters a fox, a beautiful creature with whom she shares a moment of connection…Before long Hélène realizes that the less time she spends worrying about what the other girls say is wrong with her, the more able she is to believe that there is nothing wrong at all.” (Chelsea Hensley)
According to Electric Lit,
The Best Book Is the One You Can’t Remember Partly or wholly forgotten books can be much more valuable than the ones that are fresh in our minds [...]Books have a strange relationship with memory. I have sometimes been convinced that a certain book contains a lengthy, rapturous, intricately-detailed description of a place, or a clear yet careful elucidation of a complex idea, only to go back and find a scant couple of sentences. On the other hand, there are entire chunks of books that my memory elides (did anyone else forget the whole second half of Wuthering Heights?). (C.D. Rose)
El País (Spain) features writer Gerald Murnane.
¿Posmodernismo? “En absoluto. Se escandalizaría si le dijera cuántas obras consideradas maestras no he leído y cuántas otras de las que nunca ha oído hablar me influyeron”, dice. “Tras Emerald Blue, en 1995, decidí dejar la ficción y me dediqué a trabajar para mi exclusivo placer sobre mundos imaginados. Tenía la ambición de traspasar el paisaje de la novela y entrar en otra dimensión ficticia, como hicieron las hermanas Brontë y Proust”. (José Luis de Juan) (Translation)
Tes discusses school assemblies:
I give a lot of assemblies now and I’m always aware of the privilege of having the (almost) undivided attention of several hundred busy people. I, therefore, try my best to be interesting. Over the past few months, I’ve talked about the Sudan expedition of 1885 and the battle of Trafalgar; I’ve quoted poetry from Henry Newbolt, Charlotte Brontë and TS Eliot; I’ve drawn lessons from the films Strictly Ballroom and War Games; I’ve told the story of the (almost) elimination of polio; and I’ve even proved that there are infinitely many primes (although I think I lost a fair section of the audience in that one). (James Handscombe)
Burgh Vivant posts about Britsburgh Literary Society's recent Evening with Jane Eyre. The Echo posts about Wuthering Heights.

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