Charlotte Bront√´’s Jane Eyre

We are introduced to Charlotte Brontë’s most famous heroine, Jane Eyre, whilst she is a 10 year old child. An orphan, young Jane lives with her detestable Aunt Reed and her two cousins, Master and Miss Reed. Regularly abused by her aunt and cousins, Jane prefers...

Anne Bront√´’s Helen Huntingdon

The main female¬†protagonist of Anne Bronte’s most successful novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, is Helen Huntingdon. Helen’s life story, including¬†her provincial upbringing, the birth of her son and her escape from an abusive and volatile¬†marriage to...

Teenage Pregnancy: An East Leeds Story

Around the area in which I am blogging, it is common knowledge that this English city where I grew up – East Leeds – has the highest number of teenage pregnancy cases out of anywhere in Europe. Growing up in an area where one in ten teenage girls were expected to...

5 things you need to know about the Tampon Tax

The what? Yes, the Tampon Tax. That’s what I said. The controversial tax on tampons is a topic that has been featured heavily in the British news over the past few weeks, although the tax itself has existed since 1973 (though the tax was lowered to 5% in 2001)....

Novelists Ahead of Their Time: Celebrating the Bronte Sisters

The three Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne captivated, shocked and inspired literary audiences of their time through their controversial novels Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Originally published under the male pseudonyms;...

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