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Online Talk: Bronte’s Mistress: The Story Must Be Told

Talk by Finola Austin

Author Finola Austin brings us her meticulously researched and deliciously told novel, Brontë’s Mistress, with its captivating reimagining of the affair between Branwell Bronte (brother of the famous Bronte sisters) and Lydia Robinson, his employer’s wife. Elizabeth Gaskell wrote of the scandalous affair in her groundbreaking biography, The Life of Charlotte Bronte, and it has divided Brontë enthusiasts for generations. Discover how Austin used specific details from The Life in her novel and consider how writers sometimes blur the line between biography and fiction.

Part of a short season of events about Charlotte Bronte and Elizabeth Gaskell.

You can buy a hardcover copy of Bronte’s Mistress at http://www.waterstones.com/book/brontes-mistress/finola-austin/9781982137236 or the paperback (which is released on 22nd June) at https://www.waterstones.com/book/brontes-mistress/finola-austin/9781982137243 

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14th Jul 2021

7pm - 8pm

A Large Cheerful, airy house, quite out of Manchester smoke.

Charlotte Brontë on visiting the House, 1851