The Madwoman Upstairs (Hardback)Catherine Lowell (author)
'A funny, smart read with a kick-ass heroine' Sun on Sunday. A witty, light-hearted comedy about love and fiction, and the all-important difference between the two.
Think you know Charlotte, Emily & Anne? Think again. Samantha Whipple is the last remaining descendent of the illustrious Bronte family, of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre fame. After losing her father, a brilliant author in his own right, it is up to Samantha to piece together the mysterious family inheritance lurking somewhere in her past - yet the only clues she has at her disposal are the Bronte's own novels. With the aid of her handsome but inscrutable Oxford tutor, Samantha must repurpose the tools of literature to unearth an untold family legacy, and in the process, finds herself face to face with what may be literature's greatest secret.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 442 g
Dimensions: 216 x 139 x 33 mm
A perfectly paced and plotted literary mystery with a wonderful heroine at its heart -- Anna James, Literary Editor * Elle magazine *
An absolutely brilliant, fun debut * Open Book, BBC Radio 4 *
My pick is this fast-paced, very funny mystery about the (fictional) last-remaining descendant of the Brontes trying to unravel clues that will reveal long hidden secrets about the famous sisters * Elle Magazine, Best New Books for 2016 *
It's a super premise, stylishly written and the bits about the sisters are great * Mail on Sunday *
Filled with gothic twists and leading [the protagonist] - and the reader - down pathways strewn with Bronte arcana * New York Times Book Review *
Blending a detective story with a Jane/Mr Rochester-style romance, it has something for everyone * Stylist *
If you liked the page-turning historical mystery of The Discovery of Witches trilogy, are just a little bit obsessed by the Brontes and have a small crush on Mr Rochester, this entertaining literary romp has got your name all over it * The Pool *
A witty story that brilliantly weaves together history with the present day * Red Magazine *
An enjoyable academic romp that successfully combines romance and intrigue, one that benefits from never taking itself too seriously * Publisher's Weekly *
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