Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Reef

Print List Price: £12.54
Kindle Price: £11.26 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £1.28 (10%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £11.26  
Hardcover £11.63  
Earn a Free Kindle Book
Earn a Free Kindle Book
Buy a Kindle book between now and 31 March and receive a promotional code good for one free Kindle book. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more

Product Description

Product Description

The Brontë sisters are among the most beloved writers of all time, best known for their classic nineteenth-century novels Jane Eyre (Charlotte), Wuthering Heights (Emily), and Agnes Grey (Anne). In this sometimes heartbreaking young adult biography, Catherine Reef explores the turbulent lives of these literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived. Brontë fans will also revel in the insights into their favorite novels, the plethora of poetry, and the outstanding collection of more than sixty black-and-white archival images. A powerful testimony to the life of the mind. (Endnotes, bibliography, index.)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17182 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (23 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #433,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.3 out of 5 stars  36 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sad story of the Bronte Sisters 25 Sept. 2012
By BrianB - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I didn't know that this was a book aimed at young people when I started reading. I was surprised by the clean, spare prose, the skillful narration, and the vivid portraits of the Bronte family that I encountered. When I realized this was published as part of the children's book group, I thought that adult authors could learn a lot from reading this. It is a delight.

There are multiple biographies on the Bronte's as individuals, and as a family, so this does not break new ground. Nevertheless, it tells their story with direct and sympathetic prose, in a manner that completely captivated me. I knew the story in outline from my dim and distant literature classes, but Catherine Reef brings them to life in a way my English teachers never did. This would be an excellent introduction to the Bronte family for anyone who might be interested in literature and history, and especially for younger readers (age 12 and up) who are just getting into the world of ideas.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine brief collective biography of the Brontes 16 Sept. 2012
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The title of the book refers to the three Bronte sisters--but it also touches upon the short tragic life of their talented brother--Branwell. I was not that familiar with the lives of the sisters--although I did know that their lives burned brightly as authors and ended far too early.

For me, this book fills in the blanks of their lives nicely. We see their lives traced from their birth to their (tragically early) deaths. Each of the three sisters wrote at least one impressive novel. They had begun writing much earlier, when they were quite young. As they grew up, they continued and deepened their commitment to writing. They went by the nom de plume of Bell--each with a different first name. They assumed male personae, given that the times were not favorable toward women authors (although, as the work noted, there were exceptions).

The volume describes their efforts to make a living, their home base with their father, the effects of living where they did.

All in all, we get a good introduction to their lives and their works. I, for one, found this a very nice work, albeit rather brief.

The book is 190 pages long, but the type is rather large and the spacing between lines rather large. On the other hand, the content was most helpful to me, and I think that for those who want a well written introduction to the lives of the Bronte sisters (and family), this will suffice nicely.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done biography for young adult audience 22 Nov. 2014
By Maggie Knapp - Published on
Mid-teens looking for a readable family biography need look no further. Author Catherine Reef focuses on Charlotte, Emily and Anne, with a healthy dose of Branwell and their father, the Reverend, as well. Two other Bronte daughters did not survive their teen years, and Reverend Bronte outlived all his offspring -- they were claimed by tuberculosis, the effects of hard living, and in Charlotte's case an unknown illness. None of six children lived to see 40 years. Though they grew up in a time when women were expected to stay home and raise families, three of the Bronte daughters quietly broke with tradition without openly scorning it in public.

Reef inserts illustrations and artwork every few pages, including family drawings, photos of typical scenes in the Bronte's time, book illustrations and movie stills. At 226 pages, including endnotes and index, this is a rather quick and very enjoyable read on its own merits, and would serve as a starting point for students researching Anne, Emily, Charlotte or Branwell, or the Bronte family in general.

As an aside: I had no idea how pervasive and deadly tuberculosis has been in human history. Teen readers interested in that topic should look at INVINCIBLE MICROBE by Jim Murphy. A fascinating book for roughly the same audience, with great writing and many interesting illustrations and photos.

About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian
How I got this book: purchased for the library
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very educational 19 Oct. 2012
By J B - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
"Jane Eyre" is one of my favourite classical works of literature, but I really didn't know much about the woman behind the book. This bio covers the lives of Charlotte and her sisters and brother; I found it really interesting and read it straight through in one afternoon. There are some pictures scattered throughout to show places and people mentioned in the story.

I recommend this highly. It has a lot to say not only about the sisters, but also about the times in which they lived and how their experiences shaped the outcome of their lives and the things they wrote about.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Easy to Read Biography 15 April 2014
By Colleen Crouch - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The biography begins with the Bronte's move to Haworth and follows the story of the three sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne as well as the brother Branwell through childhood until the death of all four siblings. This biography reads much like a novel with brief stories about each sister taken from letters, diary entries, and fictional writings from the Brontes as well as from the people they encountered. The large amount of sources from different people in the Brontes' lives gives a more holistic approach that would be lacking if only reviewing diary entries. Reef also includes relevant historical context such as the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian social class structure. These historical overviews gives the reader not only insight into the lives of the Brontes but also shows sources of inspiration for their novels. Reef presents the biographical stories and historical context in a very simple language and layout similar to a young adult's novel.

Because the biography is written as a novel about the Brontes (and particularly focused on Charlotte), the chapter titles are phrases and would be difficult to use if the reader is researching a specific topic or time period. Reef is a very credible author and all the sources are listed in the back of the book; however, there are no in-text citations.Therefore, the book is easy to read and credible but very difficult to use for research.

This biography would be great for young adults who are interested in the Bronte novels and for adults who want biographical and historical information. This book is not suitable for in-depth research (which made the book a much easier and pleasant read).
Reading this book on the Kindle is also difficult if you wish to see the references at any time.

I would recommend this book as the first (or only) biography to read on the Brontes since it is an easy yet comprehensive story.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category