Today we are celebrating the book birthday of Heathcliff by Sue Barnard. This Birthday Blitz is hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources! Check out my review and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now…”
Cathy’s immortal words from Wuthering Heights change Heathcliff’s life. At just seventeen years of age, heartbroken and penniless, he runs away to face an unknown future.
Three years later, he returns – much improved in manners, appearance and prosperity.
But what happened during those years? How could he have made his fortune, from nothing? Who might his parents have been? And what fate turned him into literature’s most famous anti-hero?
For almost two centuries, these questions have remained unanswered.
So…I admit, I never did read Wuthering Heights, but luckily I didn’t need to, because Sue Barnard made this story easy to follow and I wasn’t confused at all.
I think this was a really unique undertaking on Sue Barnard’s part. She took a three year gap in Heathcliff’s life, that Emily Bronte, the author of Wuthering Heights, left unexplained, and created a plausible story about it. I love the research and knowledge shown here. There is some awesome hidden secrets and devious doings that tie up in a really awesome conclusion.
I love the characters in this novel. They are very fleshed out, with some interesting mannerisms and ways about them. I really enjoyed Heathcliff. A really uniquely written character that was brought to life once more in this novel.
I really enjoyed Heathcliff! Definitely recommend checking out!!
Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet whose family background is far stranger than any work of fiction. She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.
Sue was born in North Wales but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester. She speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad.
Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.
Sue’s first novel, The Ghostly Father (a new take on the traditional story of Romeo & Juliet), was officially released on St Valentine’s Day 2014. Since then she has produced five more novels: Nice Girls Don’t (2014), The Unkindest Cut of All (2015), Never on Saturday (2017), Heathcliff (2018), and Finding Nina (2019).
Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.
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