2020 is the bicentenary of Anne Bronte's birth, with lots of attendant media and public interest, yet surprisingly little competition from other new work being published; A companion to Charlotte Bronte Revisited and Emily Bronte Reappraised, written in an accessible style and full of contemporary references - ideal for general interest readers and millennial students; Many regional associations with the Bronte sisters - perfect for museums and shops, and with major national publicity.
Adelle Hay is a lifelong Bronte aficionada and a passionate advocate for Anne Bronte's place in the canon of classic English writers, alongside her better-known sisters, Charlotte and Emily. The Brontes inspired Adelle's love of books from a young age, and she even went on to become a bookbinder before starting work on an academic project that focuses on textual criticism of Anne Bronte's work, and how it has been edited ever since. Adelle's dream is to create a digital archive of all the Bronte manuscripts in existence, ensuring the sisters' seminal writing is preserved for future generations to read, interpret and enjoy.
'An important contribution to Bronte studies that reinforces why Anne Bronte is such a significant Victorian writer and why her books remain relevant to contemporary culture.' Claire O'Callaghan; 'This is a sensitive, thoughtful, and enriching book that shines a vibrant new light on Anne Bronte calling for a radical reimagining of her work and life in the popular imagination. It does that rare thing in Bronte books of acknowledging Anne's genius without comparing her to her sisters or diminishing any of their talents and achievements ... to firmly reposition her as a revolutionary author whose voice still needs to be heard today.' Dr Sophie Franklin