Jane Eyre is the inspiring heroine of one of the best-loved British novels of all time.
As an orphan, Jane's childhood is not an easy one but her independence and strength of character keep her going through the miseries inflicted by cruel relatives and a brutal school. However, her biggest challenge is yet to come.
Taking a job as a governess in a house full of secrets, for a passionate man she grows more and more attracted to, ultimately forces Jane to call on all her resources in order to hold on to her beliefs.
Never fails to reconnect me to the spirit of real romance… Timeless story… Every page throbs with passion.
After all these years, it’s the emotions we most respond to in Jane Eyre… This is also a novel about intellectual growth, written by a fiercely intelligent writer… She has a formidable brain as well as a strongly beating heart, and so it will still seem another 100 years from now.
Wonderful, teasing… That her great novel of wish-fulfilment is still widely devoured is the supreme happy ending.
Marred only by the fact that Charlotte clearly liked Mr Rochester too much; but we can forgive her that. Often given to schoolchildren to read, but you have to be a grown-up to really get it. One of the most perfectly structured novels of all time
At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Brontë
Want to dive into the enchanting worlds dreamt up by the Brontë sisters? Samantha Ellis, author of How to be a Heroine, shows us where to get started from Wuthering Heights and beyond.