What I’m Reading at the moment; ‘Branwell Bronte’s Barber’s Tale’ by Chris Firth

Branwell Brontes Barbers Tale by Chris Firth
Branwell Brontes Barbers Tale by Chris Firth

I am  in that inbetweeny period where I have no new books to read (sob) so I’m having to rely on old ones: ones I have read years ago, like ‘Samuel Pepys’ Diary’.  Occasionally I come across a book I’ve bought and for some reason or other, haven’t got round to reading.  Well, such an occurence happened today!  I found a bag I’d forgotten about containing reading matter!  The bag contained stuff we had bought on our recent visit to Haworth including a book called ‘Branwell Bronte’s Barbers Tale’ by Chris Firth, where apparently ‘Fiction collides with history…’ and it is a ‘literary thriller that will explode the Bronte myth’ according to the Bradford Observer June 12th 1867 (yes, that’s what it says on the back).  So great stuff, looking forward to reading this!  By the way, the book was entered for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2005.

The other reading material is in the form of an old ‘Everybody’s Weekly’ from the 1950s.  I thought it would be interesting to see the sort of fashion and advertisements that were going in the period I was born, and see exactly what has changed (me, obviously, lol!) and how much.  So plenty to be getting on with.  I will report my findings of the book an magazine when after I have read them.

4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading at the moment; ‘Branwell Bronte’s Barber’s Tale’ by Chris Firth

  1. Hey!
    How did you get on withe the book?
    If you got past the first (slow – deliberately ie Victorian) chapter you might have enjoyed it??
    Let me know – constructive critiicism always welcome.
    came by your blog randomly on a bronte image google search!

  2. Hi Chris
    Thanks for reminding me of this! I keep meaning to read it, but forget, then start something else. I promise to read it staright after ‘London Belongs tome ‘ by Norman Collins (halfway through). I will then give it a proper critique – llooking forward to reading it – and I shall be reading it right the way through with no gaps!
    Thanks fro dropping by Chris!

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