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The Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan

The Taste of Sorrow

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The lives of the whole Brontë family and the people who interacted with them in a glorious, beautifully written novel to lose yourself in. The pace is perfect, the right amount of description, no big holes of nothingness, no gaps or spaces, just a wonderful novel capturing the period with all its inequality and cruelty. Quite simply a lovely book about sisters you thought you knew about but will discover you did not.

Comparison: Sarah Dunant, Jane Borodale, Tracy Chevalier.

If you like Jude Morgan you might also like to read books by Rose Tremain, Neal Stephenson and Reay Tannahill.

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The Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan

Charlotte. Emily. Anne. The Brontë sisters - the drama, the passion, and a story that lives for ever...Once upon a time there were three sisters, bound by love and suffering, growing up in wild isolation in a lonely house on the moor. Their story will astonish you: their passionate, dangerous closeness; their struggle against the world; their determination to rise above the fates of their parents and their other lost sisters, to become more than the world ever thought they could be. You don't know their story, but you think they do. They were the Brontës.


'[Morgan holds] nerve and reason where many a Brontë biographer fails...brilliant...moving...superb...A lovely book [which] deserves a wide readership'

'Seemingly effortlessly, Jude Morgan breathes such life and vigour into their stories that you are totally drawn into their world...I cannot commend it enough'
Daily Mail

'Completely involving, absorbing. Full of insight and very accomplished... I loved reading it'
Hilary Mantel

'Quite simply the best book about the Brontës I have ever read'
Juliet Barker, author of The Brontës: A Life in Letters

About the Author

Jude Morgan, whose previous novels include PASSION and THE TASTE OF SORROW, was born and brought up in Peterborough on the edge of the Fens, and was a student on the University of East Anglia MA Course in Creative Writing under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter.

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Publication date

29th April 2010


Jude Morgan

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464 pages


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