In this vivid and engaging biography, Ellis’ warm and conversational way of writing draws you into the world of her subject. Anne Brontë is sometimes considered 'The Other Sister' by lovers of Charlotte and Emily, which is a terrible injustice as she was as talented as her older sisters and possessed a steely eye for the hypocrisies and inequities of her time. This biography impelled me to seek out Brontë’s two masterpieces, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
Recommended by Karina, Dubray Stillorgan
'I was wowed and moved' Tracy Chevalier
Anne Bronte is the forgotten Bronte sister, overshadowed by her older siblings - virtuous, successful Charlotte, free-spirited Emily and dissolute Branwell. Tragic, virginal, sweet, stoic, selfless, Anne. The less talented Bronte, the other Bronte.
Take Courage is Samantha's personal, poignant and surprising journey into the life and work of a woman sidelined by history. A brave, strongly feminist writer well ahead of her time - and her more celebrated siblings - and who has much to teach us today about how to find our way in the world.