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Four Dreamers and Emily

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Academics and Wuthering Heights fans are descending on the Bronte family homestead for an Emily Bronte conference. Among their ranks are a single, over-sixty, self-professed expert on the Brontes; an overworked wife, mother, and university lecturer; a widower sustained by nocturnal visits from Emily's ghost; and a young waitress suddenly drawn into the curios orbit of acad ...more
Unknown Binding, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by The Women's Press (first published August 15th 1997)
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4.5 stars rounded up.
It’s always a pleasure and surprise to discover an author you didn’t know, who turns out to be rather good. I also feel a little guilty because Stevie Davies had not crossed my horizons before. She is a novelist, historian and Bronte scholar.
Here she combines two of the above because this is a comic novel about Bronte enthusiasts. It focuses on a conference about Emily Bronte meeting in Haworth and four characters in particular. Marianne is the conference organiser, a strug
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‘For there are thousands of Emily Brontës.’

In this novel we meet four characters, three of whom have their own imagined relationship with Emily Brontë. Eileen Nussey James is single, over sixty and a self-professed expert on the Brontës and passion. Marion Pendlebury is, with limited success, juggling her roles as a wife, mother and lecturer. Timothy Whitty, aged, widowed and ill is sustained by his occasional nocturnal visits from the ghost of Emily Brontë, and his correspondence with Marianne.
I tried very hard to get into this description of four rather different people who have one thing in common: an obsession with Emily Bronte. They meet at a conference about her work and just....well, I had hoped the book would get interesting when they finally meet, but it really didn't. I gave up and skimmed to the end. Quite disappointing, actually. I didn't identify with or care about any of the characters, and, as it turns out, I don't really care about Emily Bronte.
I think I'm being generous with 2 stars. It's more like 1.5 stars.
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Welsh born Stevie Davies is a novelist, literary critic, biographer and historian. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the Academi Gymreig and is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Swansea.
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