Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Happy 200th Birthday, Charlotte Brontë: 14 Books That Celebrate the Literary Icon
Off the Shelf
By Sarah Jane Abbott
| Thursday, April 21, 2016
Charlotte Brontë and her
autobiographical character Jane Eyre are nothing short of cultural icons.
Generations of readers, myself included, have a deep and abiding connection
with the plucky governess—an independent, self-made woman, even as she found
herself swept up in a gothic romance—and an adoration for the woman who created
her. Just this week, Dame Judi Dench, who played Mrs. Fairfax in the 2011
film adaptation of Jane
Eyre, was appointed the honorary president of the Brontë Society.
On the occasion of Charlotte Brontë’s 200th birthday—which is, in fact,
today, April 21—join me in celebrating the author, her works, and the
enduring legacies of both. If you are fascinated by all things Brontë, then
these are the books for you.READ