Author – Sue Barnard.
Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet whose family background is far stranger than any work of fiction. She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.
Sue was born in North Wales but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester. She speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad.
Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.
Sue’s first novel, The Ghostly Father (a new take on the traditional story of Romeo & Juliet), was officially released on St Valentine’s Day 2014. Since then she has produced five more novels: Nice Girls Don’t (2014), The Unkindest Cut of All (2015), Never on Saturday (2017), Heathcliff (2018), and Finding Nina (2019).
Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.
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Publisher – Crooked Cat Books
Pages – 169
The Blurb –
It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now…”
Cathy’s immortal words from Wuthering Heights change Heathcliff’s life. At just seventeen years of age, heartbroken and penniless, he runs away to face an unknown future.
Three years later, he returns – much improved in manners, appearance and prosperity.
But what happened during those years? How could he have made his fortune, from nothing? Who might his parents have been? And what fate turned him into literature’s most famous anti-hero?
For almost two centuries, these questions have remained unanswered.
Today is my stop on the Heathcliff blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – I was really happy to review this book after reading the author’s previous book The Ghostly Father which concentrated on the story of Romeo and Juliet, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
This book concentrates on Wuthering Heights published by Emily Bronte in 1847, the main characters being Cathy and Heathcliff. I always think it is brave to tackle such a well known book and put your spin on it, but Sue Barnard does this extremely well. It is not a rewriting of the book, none of the elements change. This book looks at Heathcliff in the three year break in Wuthering Heights.
The book is written from various points of view which I found really good as you get everyone’s perspective which, for me, adds something.
Even if you haven’t read Wuthering Heights, this is well worth a read, you get the gist of the story . This is a re imagining of a classic that changes nothing of the original but adds elements to it.
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