Charlotte Brontë’s books have become much loved classics of English Literature.
“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.” Lucy Atkins.
Books by Charlotte Brontë
“I don’t want to decry Jane Eyre—this isn’t an anti-Jane Eyre stance—but I think that it’s a fairy story…In Villette, Brontë’s become a much more mature writer.” Read more...
Salley Vickers, Novelist
by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre was published in 1847—with the novel's author listed as 'Currer Bell'—and was an immediate commercial success. The main protagonist, Jane, is an orphan who has an extremely tough life before meeting the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, he has dark secrets and the sense of foreboding that pervades the novel makes it also something of a thriller.
Interviews where books by Charlotte Brontë were recommended
The Best Classic Thrillers, recommended by Lucy Atkins
Every week, dozens of new thrillers appear in bookshops. But, often, the classic ones are the best of all. If you haven’t read any of these five yet, you have a treat in store.
Sarah Perry recommends the best Gothic Fiction
The Gothic puts flesh on the bones of our darkest fears, novelist Sarah Perry tells Five Books. Here, she chooses five favourite novels in this ‘irresistible’ genre.
Tracy Chevalier on Trees in Literature
Books are made of trees and sometimes they’re also about trees. Best-selling author Tracy Chevalier picks the five best trees in fiction.
The Best Victorian Novels, recommended by John Sutherland
The Victorian era was a golden age for fiction, says Victorian literature specialist John Sutherland, Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. He talks us through the some of the best novels written during the Victorian period, and what they reveal about the people who wrote them.
Audrey Penn recommends her Favourite Teenage Books
Children’s author, Audrey Penn, picks five books she loved as a teenager – all stories of struggle in the face of adversity.
Books that Changed the World, recommended by Amanda Craig
Jane Eyre, 1984 and Anne Frank’s diary all make it onto novelist Amanda Craig’s list. On Black Beauty‘s underrated importance: ‘People forget that William Wilberforce, who abolished the slave trade, also founded the RSPCA.’
The Best Psychological Novels, recommended by Salley Vickers
The stories we tell ourselves affect our decision-making in profound ways, says psychotherapist turned bestselling author Salley Vickers. Here, she recommends five novels that delve into the psychology of the self—and of society.