By Sue Barnard
It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now…”
Cathy’s immortal words from Wuthering Heights change Heathcliff’s life. At just seventeen years of age, heartbroken and penniless, he runs away to face an unknown future.
Three years later, he returns – much improved in manners, appearance and prosperity.
But what happened during those years? How could he have made his fortune, from nothing? Who might his parents have been? And what fate turned him into literature’s most famous anti-hero?
For almost two centuries, these questions have remained unanswered.
Can I just say, “Wow!” I’m a huge fan of Wuthering Heights and Heathcliff, so I am always nervous when an author takes on a classic. However, Sue Barnard did an EXCELLENT job! She gives readers insight into what happened to Heathcliff after leaving Wuthering Heights!
Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights heartbroken after hearing Cathy’s harsh words. He runs away, but he has no clue what his future holds. What an adventure it is! He gets to see the world, but there are also parts that harden his heart. When he returns, his coldness turns into a viciousness, and any part of the caring boy is replaced by a man cruel man bent on revenge!!!
Barnard illustrates what a complicated character he really is, and she takes nothing away from the original story itself. There are some twists that she includes that I definitely wasn’t expecting!!! It makes the book addictive, and I couldn’t put it down! Excellent read!!!!
Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet whose family background is far stranger than any work of fiction. She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.
Sue was born in North Wales but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester. She speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad.
Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.
Sue’s first novel, The Ghostly Father (a new take on the traditional story of Romeo & Juliet), was officially released on St Valentine’s Day 2014. Since then she has produced five more novels: Nice Girls Don’t (2014), The Unkindest Cut of All (2015), Never on Saturday (2017), Heathcliff (2018), and Finding Nina (2019).
Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.
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