In his journey to get closer to the Brontës, award-winning author Michael Stewart began walking the historic paths they trod while writing their most famous works. From Liverpool to Scarborough, across wild, windy, and often unforgiving scenery, he discovered echoes of the siblings’ novels. And with the help of an unlikely cast of Yorkshire’s inhabitants, Michael found himself falling further into their lives and writings than he could ever have imagined.
Vivid and evocative, and including a series of beautiful maps of walks Michael devised when creating the iconic Brontë Stones project, Walking the Invisible invites you to experience the lives and landscapes that inspired the Brontës as they’ve never been experienced before. Along the way, you’ll find yourself getting closer to classics such as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and Agnes Grey, discovering the real locations behind their fictional settings, and uncovering the myths that surround this much acclaimed and wholly unique family.
I became totally immersed in this wonderful book for several days. I enjoyed the richly descriptive and humorous writing style, which draws you into the book. It was a delight accompanying the author on his walks through some beautiful, wild and rugged countryside and all the places that had connections with the Brontë family. The descriptions of the countryside are vivid with attention to the minutest of detail. The author entertains us with snippets of information, amusing stories and the characters he meets along the way. I was fascinated with the lives of the Brontës and learning about the areas of their lives I knew nothing about.
Walking the Invisible is a must read for every book/literary enthusiast with a love of the great outdoors. It may help if you are familiar with the Brontës’ work but it can still be appreciated without this knowledge. The content is fascinating along with some very thought-provoking theories. It is accompanied by some interesting notes, poems, sketches and walking routes. The author clearly shows his depth of knowledge and has researched the subject in considerable depth. It may even tempt you to revisit the work of the Brontës and perhaps look upon it in a slightly different light. A fabulous book and I learnt so much.
Publication Date (UK): 24 June 2021
Page Count: 272
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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