“I think Charlotte Brontë’s most accomplished book is Villette. It’s probably a better book, it’s tighter and more sophisticated in some ways. But there’s something about Jane Eyre that is just deeply emotionally compelling for me.”
The Best Classic Thrillers
Lucy Atkins, Journalist
“It wasn’t until my third reading of the book that I realised Brontë had slipped the supernatural into Jane Eyre.”
Sarah Perry, Novelist
“The idea of marriage is that two people are going to become one, but here you know—because of the mad woman in the attic—that it’s one thing about to be split in two.”
Trees in Literature
Tracy Chevalier, Historical Novelist
“There is an interesting debate … that the real heroine of Jane Eyre is not the plain little governess but the mad woman in the attic, Bertha Mason”
John Sutherland, Literary Scholar
“This book was revolutionary because it insisted that not only could a heroine be small and poor and plain, but she could actually be worthy of respect because she had a mind.”
Books that Changed the World
Amanda Craig, Journalist
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