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  • This is a comprehensive biography to enjoy and admire. Harman writes well and she is a fine and sensitive critic

    The Times
  • Finely judged and authoritative

    Sunday Times Book of the Week
  • Elegantly written, consistently perceptive...[Harman] succeeds in bringing Charlotte back to life in all her spiky vulnerability

    Daily Mail Book of the Week
  • Superb retelling of Charlotte's story (...) admirably concise

    The Spectator
  • Harman... portrays Bronte's complexity and dark genius in elegant prose with deep human sympathy

    The Lady
  • Harman tells [Charlotte's] story with quick wit, a sharp sympathy, and a fire and fury of her own

    Evening Standard
  • Harman's sane, unshowy re-telling is exactly right for the bicentenary next April. It gathers up the best of what has been written before and deals tactfully and decisively with the sillier aspects of the Bronte mythology. The result is a retooled classic biographical narrative, shipshape and serviceable for the next 200 years

    The Guardian
  • Full of pleasing and piquant detail, scraps of passing recollection assembled from the various lives and letters in which the Brontes featured and from which we might reconstruct their world

    Financial Times
  • Elegant, sensitive, beautifully paced and moving. [Claire Harman] has... produced a work that is affirmative, edifying, inspiring and humane

    Sunday Express
  • Revelatory (...) adds freshness and texture to her account with original speculations. As someone who once wrote a book about the Brontës' afterlives, few people can have read as many biographies of them as I have. I thought I was Brontë-ed out, but reading this book-which will be equally accessible to someone coming to Charlotte for the first time-has drawn me back in

    Lucasta Miller, The Independent

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