Rediscover Emily Bronte's powerful tale of love, violence and obsession. The perfect read to transport you this Christmas.
'May you not rest, as long as I am living. You said I killed you - haunt me, then'
Wuthering Heights is the tale of two families both joined and riven by love and hate. Cathy is a beautiful and wilful young woman torn between her soft-hearted husband and Heathcliff, the passionate and resentful man who has loved her since childhood. The power of their bond creates a maelstrom of cruelty and violence which will leave one of them dead and cast a shadow over the lives of their children.
Emily Brontë's novel remains a stunningly original and shocking exploration of obsessive passion.
A dark and passionate tale of tortured but enduring love... Mesmerising
This brilliantly atmospheric Yorkshire saga has only one drawback - Emily never wrote another novel. For me, it is both fantastic but also true to life because the protagonists have such believably fierce emotions
When I was 16 I read Wuthering Heights for the first time, and I read it as a kind of oracle; that life is worth nothing if it is not worth everything. Disaster does not matter, intensity does. You can dilute Wuthering Heights, as Mills & Boon and musicals have done. But if you are honest, you cannot escape its central stark premise; all or nothing. The all is not Heathcliff - that is the sentimental version. The all is what Heathcliff represents, which is life itself
It is as if Emily Brontë could tear up all that we know human beings by, and fill these unrecognizable transparencies with such a gust of life that they transcend reality
Only Emily Brontë exposes her imagination to the dark spirit
From Petrarch to Austen to Nietzsche, literature has answers – in poetry, novels and non-fiction – for the questions of the lonely lover.