While you wait: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

by |May 11, 2011


“There was no light there but the faint red glow of the neglected fire; but I did not want a light; I only wanted to indulge my thoughts, unnoticed and undisturbed; and sitting down on a low stool before the easy-chair, I sunk my head upon its cushioned seat, and thought, and thought, until the tears gushed out again, and I wept like any child. Presently, however, the door was gently opened and someone entered the room. I trusted it was only a servant, and did not stir.”

Anne Brontë – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall


Frighteningly up-to-date tale of single motherhood and wife-battering’ – Independent

When the mysterious and beautiful young widow Helen Graham becomes the new tenant at Wildfell Hall rumours immediately begin to swirl around her. As her neighbour Gilbert Markham comes to discover, Helen has painful secrets buried in her past that even his love for her cannot easily overcome.

“The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which was an instant phenomenal success and rapidly outsold Emily’s all-time classic, Wuthering Heights. Within six weeks The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was sold out.” Read more…

Anne Bronte was born at Thornton in Bradford on 17 January 1820. Her father was curate of Haworth, Yorkshire and her mother died when she was a baby, leaving five daughters and one son. Anne was the youngest of the Bronte children. In 1824 Charlotte, Maria, Elizabeth, and Emily were sent to Cowan Bridge, a school for clergymen’s daughters, where Maria and Elizabeth both caught tuberculosis and died. The children were taught at home from this point on and together they created vivid fantasy worlds which they explored in their writing. Anne worked as a governess between 1840 and 1845 and in 1846, along with Charlotte and Emily, published Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. After this Anne published Agnes Grey (1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) before her death on 28 May 1849.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a member of the Vintage Classics: Vintage Heroines series- to see who else in included… click here


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Thank you to all those who have emailed me – THE DEAD WRITERS CLUB will happen, I assure you. More soon.

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.

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