The Madwoman Upstairs

The Madwoman Upstairs

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'A funny, smart read with a kick-ass heroine' Sun on Sunday. A witty, light-hearted comedy about love and fiction, and the all-important difference between the two. Think you know Charlotte, Emily & Anne? Think again. Samantha Whipple is the last remaining descendent of the illustrious Bront family, of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre fame. After losing her father, a brilliant author in his own right, it is up to Samantha to piece together the mysterious family inheritance lurking somewhere in her past - yet the only clues she has at her disposal are the Bront 's own novels. With the aid of her handsome but inscrutable Oxford tutor, Samantha must repurpose the tools of literature to unearth an untold family legacy, and in the process, finds herself face to face with what may be literature's greatest more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 137 x 216 x 31mm | 440g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784297690
  • 9781784297695
  • 220,507

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A funny, smart read with a kick-ass heroine Sun on Sunday A perfectly paced and plotted literary mystery with a wonderful heroine at its heart -- Anna James, Literary Editor Elle magazine An absolutely brilliant, fun debut Open Book, BBC Radio 4 My pick is this fast-paced, very funny mystery about the (fictional) last-remaining descendant of the Brontes trying to unravel clues that will reveal long hidden secrets about the famous sisters Elle Magazine, Best New Books for 2016 It's a super premise, stylishly written and the bits about the sisters are great Mail on Sunday Filled with gothic twists and leading [the protagonist] - and the reader - down pathways strewn with Bront arcana New York Times Book Review Blending a detective story with a Jane/Mr Rochester-style romance, it has something for everyone Stylist If you liked the page-turning historical mystery of The Discovery of Witches trilogy, are just a little bit obsessed by the Bront s and have a small crush on Mr Rochester, this entertaining literary romp has got your name all over it The Pool A witty story that brilliantly weaves together history with the present day Red Magazine An enjoyable academic romp that successfully combines romance and intrigue, one that benefits from never taking itself too seriously Publisher's Weekly Clever and mysterious, it keeps you turning the pages Candis An intriguing, entertaining debut, which doesn't easily fit into any one genre...[protanogist] Samantha could be a Bront heroine Irish Independent Professor James Orville is the perfect Bront leading man, as complex and passionate as his student. A supporting cast of dark figures enhances the experience. Lowell crafts a first novel that is as enthralling as it is heartbreaking Library Journal, starred review **Best Books to Read This March** Red Online Unlike anything I've read before. It's a thought-provoking novel that made me take a moment to consider what it means to me to be a reader ... This book may have changed the way I read and appreciate books and authors for ever M's Bookshelf For mystery and Bront fans alike, this is a delightful romp by very clever author to watch The Indie Next List A modern-day retelling of Jane Eyre, and deeper than that, a kind of love letter to the work of the Bronte sisters, and to literature itself Forest of Books blogshow more

About Catherine Lowell

Catherine Lowell received her BA in Creative Writing from Stanford University and currently lives in New York City.The Madwoman Upstairs is her first more

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A funny, smart read with a kick-ass heroine Sun on Sundayshow more

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3,464 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 21% (733)
4 37% (1,289)
3 30% (1,051)
2 9% (321)
1 2% (70)
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