I wanted to share my copy of Juliet Barker’s The Brontës
. I always felt that I needed to read this to somehow qualify as a real fan but I was put off by the length. Then when I actually read it, it turned out that Barker is such a talented writer that it was actually quite easy to get through. Too often people assume that if a book is long that it will be difficult but like the Jane Austen quote, ‘if a book is well written, I always find it too short
I read it when I was heavily pregnant with my son, in the relaxed bit of maternity leave before the baby actually puts an appearance. It’s funny because the book is now such a relic of that time – heavily creased from being stuffed in my handbag and full of bus tickets as well as a map of how to find the maternity wing in the hospital. Even looking at it conjures up that feeling of being the size of a house.
What are the books that you think are essential to Brontë fandom?
I agreed to participate in the #ABrontëADay Challenge during May for the A Walk Around the Brontë Table Facebook group. I will also be sharing posts on my Instagram feed.
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