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Sanctuary by Robert Edric
  

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A fictionalised story of Branwell Bronte, brother of Charlotte, Emily and Anne, told in the first person by Branwell. He and his sisters lived in Haworth Parsonage in Yorkshire with their much respected father. His sisters were beginning to make a name for themselves with their poetry and novels. Branwell also wrote poetry but was a womaniser and drunk, spending all his money on his vices. His father and Charlotte tried to keep the debt collectors at bay and Branwell out of prison. This book paints a bleak and vivid picture of life in nineteenth century England. Life expectancy was short and poverty rife. Emily and Anne were both ill during the telling of this brief period of their lives and we learn in an afterword that Emily died aged thirty, Anne 29 and Branwell 31. Charlotte was 38 though their father lived till he was 84! A sad and moving tale, beautifully depicting a grim era.

~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Synopsis

Sanctuary by Robert Edric

Haworth, West Yorkshire, 1848. Branwell Bronte - unexhibited artist, unacknowledged writer, sacked railwayman, disgraced tutor and spurned lover - finds himself unhappily back in Haworth Parsonage, to face the disappointment of his father and his three sisters, the scale of whose own pseudonymous successes is only just becoming apparent. With his health failing rapidly, his aspirations abandoned and his once loyal circle of friends shrinking fast, Branwell resorts to a world of secrets, conspiracies and endlessly imagined betrayals. But his spiral of self-destruction only accelerates the sense of his destiny to be a bystander looking across at greatness, and the madness which that realisation will bring...


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Praise for Robert Edric:

'A wonderfully edgy piece of wartime noir' -- D.J. Taylor Independent

'A work of art...Edric is one of the most remarkable novelists writing today' -- Allan Massie The Scotsman

'Macabre twists keep the pages turning' -- James Urquhart Financial Times

About the Author

Robert Edric was born in 1956. His novels include Winter Garden (1985 James Tait Black Prize winner), A New Ice Age (1986 runner-up for the Guardian Fiction Prize), A Lunar Eclipse, The Earth Made of Glass, Elysium, In Desolate Heaven, The Sword Cabinet, The Book of the Heathen (shortlisted for the 2001 WH Smith Literary Award) and Peacetime (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2002). Cradle Song and Siren Song are the first books in the Song Cycle Trilogy, the final book, Swan Song, is now available from Doubleday.

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Publication date

13th August 2015

Author

Robert Edric

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Sagas and Romance
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781784160333

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