If you have always wondered what happened to Heathcliff in the years he was away from Wuthering Heights, read on. Many thanks to Sue Barnard and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in birthday blitz for this book, and for providing me with a copy of the book.
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.
It has been a long time since I first read Wuthering Heights at the age of eleven. It was recommended to me by my English teacher, along with Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (in hindsight, I think she thought I was smarter than I was, and I was a little young to fully appreciate either book).
I love the premise of this book, finally uncovering what happened to Heathcliff after his mad dash from The Heights. Over the years, the image I have held of Heathcliff has become distorted, and I had long forgotten just how young he was when he once again found himself penniless and alone. It is also easy to remember the hard, cruel man that he became, and forget that he was once a kind-hearted soul, before the events of his life led him to harden his heart.
The short sections of the book showing the same event from different perspectives read like diary entries written by each of the characters, and made for a fascinating read. I also found that they meant I read this book very quickly.
I thoroughly enjoyed discovering this side of Heathcliff, and it has left me wanting to reread Wuthering Heights.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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