Monday, 28 May 2012

Charlotte Bronte

Sunday, I went on a guided tour of Red House and Oakwell House both featured in Shirley, a less well known book by Charlotte Bronte. Fascinating to hear about Charlotte and her friends who lived in these two properties. They were a powerful voice for women in their day. I'm only part-way through reading Shirley. It's not easy going but interesting, as it looks at the Luddites and independent women.

Shirley wasn't well received at the time because it was challenging. A friend on the walk told me she'd read my book, Once Removed. She'd found it "uncomfortable to start with but it quickly became a real page-turner and was quite an accomplishment". Something in common with Charlotte Bronte? Now that would be amazing.

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