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A real page-turner. A life-size piece of writing.
on 19 August 1999
Refreshingly, this chunky biography is written like a story not a log book. Logical and thorough it is, but not obsessed by data; chronology is used intelligently where it adds value to the point being made: for socio historical context etc. There's a perfect balance between facts, inference and insight, all convincingly proven and argued. The schism in Charlotte, illustrated through her very different relationships with Mary and Ellen is particularly fascinating. Anne and Emily remain heart-breakingly shadowy figures but this book gets you closer to them than you'll have been before. You soon feel really close to all the subjects - there's a truly human touch to the writing which brings history alive. The best thing about this book though is the affinity between the author and her subjects; a family drawn with the understanding and warmth of a female observer. Be warned though, this book will make you long to set off to Haworth right away.