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Brontë Country/Howard, Tom/Hardb/1856277933/S052-B2
Haworth, a town of grey gritstone houses and cobbled streets in the slopes of the Pennine Hills in the northwest of England, was the home of the famous Brontë sisters: Emily, author of 'Wuthering Heights', Anne, who wrote 'Agnes Grey' and 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall', and Charlotte, whose 'Jane Eyre', 'Shirley', 'Villette', and 'The Professor' complete their list of novels. Their writing draws heavily on the local places that they knew and their work, as much as their lives, was powerfully influenced by the wild harshness of the Yorkshire moors which surrounded them. This windswept world of black rock, rough grass and purple heather, cut through by the white ribbons of innumerable tumbling streams have a brooding beauty and were much loved by the sisters. Knowing the landscape adds immeasurably to an appreciation of the novels. On a wild, stormy day it is easy to imagine the ghosts of Heathcliffe and Catherine on Haworth Moor, but when the sun shines on rolling moors beneath an open sky, Yorkshire shows a happier face, one that the native composer Frederick Delius reflected in much of his music. The book presents the countryside of the Brontës in fine photographs, informative text and the sisters' own writings. It shows their home, the locations that they knew and places where they set their stories, forming a topographical companion for those who love their books. As well as places directly linked with the Brontës, it includes other places of scenic and historical interest to both the actual and the armchair traveller.