Pining for the West

Bronte by Glyn Hughes | October 26, 2009

I’ve just finished volume 2 of Pepys Diary and I’ve decided to take a bit of a break from London 1666.

As I was saying earlier, I bought a few books at the charity bookshops in Stockbridge, Edinburgh last week. One of them was Bronte by Glyn Hughes which was published in 1996 but I haven’t come across it until now.

I just started it last night so I haven’t got very far with it but already I’m really enjoying it and finding it such an advantage to have actually visited Haworth as I can picture everything so clearly now.

So must get on with it now and a review will be forthcoming at some point.


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  1. Hheheh yes I’m giving the old Pepys a bit of a break too at the moment….. concentrating on my ‘Branwell Bronte’s Barbers Tale’ (when I get a chance). I’m not sure if I’ve read the Glyn Hughes book or not. I’ve got quite a few Bronte books, I will have to get them out and see just what I have got. So many books to read and not enough time, lol!

    Comment by echostains — October 26, 2009 @ 10:19 am

    • Yes, I have a queue of books too and there are some that I like so much that I have to re-read them every now and then. Comfort reading I think. Speaking of which – are you into Poldark? I love the books and T.V.

      Comment by piningforthewest — October 27, 2009 @ 12:14 am

  2. Do I like Poladark, lol! I LOVE Poldark! and my other favorite The Onedin Line! In fact I was very much torn last night whether to watch one of these or not. But I ended up watching some Candleford, rejecting it in favour of The Mallen Streak (which I haven’t see for years, I’ve got the other 3 DVDS too). It’s great when you haven’t seem a series for ages isn’t it! I got quite a little library in that cellar…plus all my Uppy Downys, lol!

    Comment by echostains — October 27, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

    • I loved The Onedin Line but haven’t seen it for years. I enjoyed Candleford, read the books years ago. I’ve never watched or read anything by Cookson though as I worked in a public library when she was at her height. It put me right off her, we had about 30 copies of every book, constant waiting lists and people fighting over them.

      Comment by piningforthewest — October 29, 2009 @ 8:15 pm

  3. I hadn’t heard of this bio so I checked Amazon and found a used copy for $.01. Can’t beat that–even with $3.99 shipping! Looks like a really good bio–much better than the trashy Diaries of Charlotte Bronte which I really can’t bear enough to finish.

    I’ll be interested in hearing if it holds up throughout.

    Comment by JaneGS — October 27, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

    • So far, so good. I’ll keep you posted. I haven’t heard of the Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, but I’ll trust you and not waste any time on it. I paid £2.49 for my copy of Bronte, so I think you won with Amazon.

      Comment by piningforthewest — October 29, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

  4. I know what you mean about Cookson, my mum used to read all her books. She does tell a good tale though, and her books translate well to screen. I’ve nearly finished watching the Mallen Streak DVDs now. They will go down the cellar and probably be watched again in another few years, lol! So far I’ve only read a few papges of my Branwell Bronte’s Barbers Tale. We went to town yesterday and my hubby bought me two new books. I am terrible for starting a few books all at once, deciding which one is best then going for it. So the Branwell book may be some time in the reading….

    Comment by echostains — October 30, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

  5. Hiya, I don’t know where the Diary of Charlotte Bronte came from, I’ve never heard of it let alone read it, lol! I don’t think I have read the Glyn Hughes Bronte after all. See what you’ve done now, I’m going to have to get it too! (hopefully for 01p…like some people, lol!) and I’ve got the Branwell Barbers Tale and 2 new books to get through yet! Oh well, that should keep me going for a bit.

    Comment by echostains — October 30, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

    • Sorry about that, it was meant to go to JaneGS, don’t know what happened there, me or the computer. She has apparently given up on the Diary of Charlotte Bronte, which I haven’t heard of.

      Comment by piningforthewest — October 31, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

      • There are some right books out about the Brontes lately. I even read ‘the Crimes of Charlotte Bronte’ last year I think, talk about far fetched, lol! I’m still grinning about ‘Mr Darcy, Vampyre’ book in my latest post! My daughter says she’s going to buy it and read it!!!!!!

        Comment by echostains — November 1, 2009 @ 12:00 am

      • Yes, it’s a huge industry isn’t it. Probably about 90% absolute garbage too. Though I suppose if you’re just looking for a good laugh, then you’re just about guaranteed to get one. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have a daughter. I don’t think I would have liked all the pink, glitter, Barbie and My Little Pony stuff that seems to go with it. But your daughter sounds a right ‘scream’ – in a good way.

        Comment by piningforthewest — November 1, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

  6. heheh I thought she was kidding at first, but no she thinks it will be entertaining…! she’s nearly 30 now and was into flower fairies, my little ponies and Cindy…now into Egytian Gods and Godesses and Herbalsim….. and apparently Mr Darcy Vampyres: you can see the progression!
    It seems to be the thing though doesn’t it, taking famous characters and writing daft storylines round them. I absolutely LOATHED the new Pride and Prej film with Keira Knightly with a vengeance1 I hated everything about it (including that Darcy), plus they lived on a farm and Darcy kissed Lizzie and it was just Tooooo gratuitous for words! What worries me is that people who haven’t read the novel, whose first encounter with Austin is this film, THINK this compensates and that they know what the story is about. That film is the most distorted load of old tripe I have ever had the misfortune to see. And as for Wickham (who everybody praised to the skies…) and who is integral to the plot, providing Darcy with a way of proving himself and winning Lizzie, well he had a couple of minutes if that on screen. If something can’t be improved, leave it alone, that’s what I say. That film added nothing and even may have taken away from Austin.
    I must read this Bronte by Glyn Hughes by the way!

    Comment by echostains — November 1, 2009 @ 11:02 pm

    • Yes, I agree with you on Pride and Prej. I just wanted to give Keira Knightly a good meal. The scary thing is that I know that some kids only watch the DVD instead of reading the book for their course work. And even scarier, they pass the exams too. As your daughter is into herbalism and has mismatched eyes, keep her away from the pointy hats! She’d have been burnt as a witch in the past.

      Comment by piningforthewest — November 1, 2009 @ 11:38 pm

  7. lol! Yes she’s been through the pointy hat stage,I seem to be going through the pointy finger stage tonight must be in the genes eh.
    Yeah, that’s my point entirely about them thinking they know how a story goes through watching a DVD, which changes bits to get greater audience. The BBC version of pride and Prej is my favorite though, I love everything about it (notice how Knightly tries to copy the way Jennifer Ehl speaks…) It is so faithful to the book too, almost line for line. I must know every line in it too, it’s a great joke between me and my daughter when we Pride and Prej speak! There’s a bit on my ‘Mr Darcy Vampyre’ post that she thinks should be in the book, lol!

    Comment by echostains — November 1, 2009 @ 11:52 pm

    • Yes, that’s my favourite version too. Well it does have Colin Firth in it which is always a plus. I wasn’t too keen on Jennifer Ehle at first. To me she has a really Victorian face rather than Georgian and I thought her voice had a strange burbling quality, as if she was always on the point of laughing, but I warmed to her in the end. I liked the way it dealt with Mr. Mrs.Bennet’s relationship too. Pride and Prej speaking jokes – life with a daughter is obviously very different from the testosterone atmosphere here.

      Comment by piningforthewest — November 2, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

      • Yes you’re right Katrina (getting tired of typing piningforthewest, much too long lol!) Ehle has got a Victorian face, reminds me of a Victorian scrap (I have some of them). You know those sweet round little faces with frilly bonnets on thaat they stuck in scrapbooks or covered screens with. Heheh Mr Bennet is on first terms with Mrs Bennet’s ‘nerves’. I loved his ‘No LACE Mrs Bennet! NO LACE! Love Alison Steadman’s Mrs Bennet. Did you ever see her in the Mike Leigh plays ‘Nut’s in May’ and Abigails Party? hilarious!

        Comment by echostains — November 2, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

      • I hadn’t thought of that, but I did have scraps which looked just like her. I don’t recall Nuts in May but Abigail’s Party yes. I loved her as Mrs Bennet – a scream literally. I’ve got the DVD in front of me now, I think I feel another viewing coming on soon.

        Comment by piningforthewest — November 2, 2009 @ 10:54 pm

      • Aw, I’ve only got the video (somewhere) of Abigails party, I borrowed Nuts in May. Steadman plays a Hippie Character called Candice Marie. She and Hippie boyfriend go camping and generally get on the other campers wicks! She is a strict vegetarian, they sing a song on guitar with the line ‘Liver makes me shiverrrrr1’ Aw now I wish I could watch it! I have a load of stuff (on video) and I’ve not used that video player for years, I bet some of the tapes don’t play you know. You are supposed to run them through every year…oh dear

        Comment by echostains — November 2, 2009 @ 11:01 pm

      • Reader, I did it, over 2 days I watched the Colin Firth version (looxoory). Jennifer Ehle’s voice wasn’t as strange as I had remembered. Our local HMV has the DVD for £10. I’d add it to my Christmas list if I were you.

        Comment by piningforthewest — November 4, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

      • Reader I got it! I know every word of it! HE is the only Mr Darcy. surely? My only criticism is he does grimace a lot.
        He is FAB is he not? Oh I am nearly going into P an p speech…!

        “The chimney piece in Rosings alone…;!

        “I can promise you Ma’am never to dance with Mr Darcy…”

        Katrina , I do think it is the BEST that has been ever made. It is so true to the book! I love it, LOVE IT!

        Jane Bennet, according to Darcy;;
        ‘You have been dancing with the only prettiest girl in the room.. (to Bingley)

        Jane has the typical Georgian face, sloping shoulders, and Greco/Roman face.
        I think Lixzzie prettier… and so did Darcy, (and don’t you know, he is a man ‘WITHOUT fault…) Lol!

        Comment by echostains — November 4, 2009 @ 11:53 pm

      • He is FAB – sex on legs in fact. I don’t even mind the grimacing.

        Comment by piningforthewest — November 6, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

      • Aye, he’s a FAB grimacer lol! And you just know he really means it! I love that little smirk he does when Lizzie is dancing with Mr Collins and Collins is banging into the other dancers and showing her up! That Dance though with Lizzie and Darcy: the gloved hands, the looks….that is far more powerful than the gratuitous kissing in the P and P film!
        Was so tempted last night to watch it AGAIN!

        Comment by echostains — November 6, 2009 @ 10:19 pm

      • Yep, I felt hoooribly tempted to watch it again but decided to finish the Bronte book instead. Husband going to football tomorrow though so I’m going to wallow in it all again. Is it possible to wear out DVDs? I may well find out.

        Comment by piningforthewest — November 6, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

      • Aw go ON! You KNOW you want to watch P and P again! You just want to see that needle weaving in and out of the embroidery frame, accompanied by the lovely music…. and see Bingley and Darcy riding out to survery Bingley’s property…’It’s a Fair Prospect, I grant you’ says Darcy…….lol!
        I never get sick of watching it, I don’t!

        Comment by echostains — November 2, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

  8. Can’t wait for your review of this book! I’m going to get this (depending on your review)
    In work tomorrow night, but i’ve started taking my Laptop in, when it’s quiet. May even get to see a bit of the X Factor, depending.

    Comment by echostains — November 6, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

    • X Factor – we’ve found something that we don’t agree on, never got into that or Strictly, think it is truly hoorible. Haven’t picked a word yet but will do soon. Oooops I did it again (by the way) watched Pride and Prej again.

      Comment by piningforthewest — November 8, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

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