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Literary Trails: Haworth and the Brontës (Paperback)

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By Catherine Rayner, David F Walford
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Literary Trails
Pages: 276
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781526720856
Published: 6th March 2019


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This light-hearted but deeply researched book offers interest and guidance to walkers, social historians and lovers of the Bronte family; their lives and works.

Set in and around the town of Haworth it gives a dual introduction to walkers and lovers of literature who can explore this unique area of Yorkshire and walk in the footsteps of those who knew and loved this town and its moorlands two hundred years ago.

With guided tours around special buildings as well as outdoor walks and the history of people and places who lived and worked in Haworth over centuries, it offers an insight into life and death in the melee of the Industrial Revolution.

Its joint authors have combined their lifelong interests in Victorian literature and social history with writing, walking, photography and cartography and have included quotes from Bronte poetry and novels.

As featured in: 'New book on Bronte sisters is a family affair'

Driffield & Wolds Weekly

I think this would make a really lovely, unique and thoughtful Christmas (or Birthday) gift to any of your Bronte or nature loving friends!

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Reading with Alison

This book offers a history of the Haworth, West Yorkshire area and sites to take in on a walking tour (although there's much, much more of the latter), such as big swaths of moorland with a lot of sheep and waterways to subsist the industrial mill area. There were a few times where the syntax is iffy, occasional use of commas, and wacky spelling. It could also be pieced together a little better - as is, it’s like a storyboard of many cut & paste concepts; some of which are duplicated and reused one page after another and lot of ‘if you look to your left’ directives, but this is smoothed over with the amount of imagination-evocative descriptions of what the Brontes might have experienced.

GoodReads, Kristine Fisher

This is a lovely little book, which I found to be very insightful and informative there is a real personal element to it too as the authors give a glimpse into their own loves of the area and their invaluable knowledge of not just Howarth but of the Bronte’s themselves.

If your off on a trek to beautiful Bronte country then this is a must to have in your backpack, and if your like me who can’t make the trip in person, then sit back and enjoy a virtual walk, either way this is a must read for everyone who loves the Bronte’s and my birth place of Yorkshire.

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Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Listed in 'The Bookshelf' feature

This England, September 2019

At one level this is a very specialised book, in that it is designed for Bronte scholars and enthusiasts, but it does also provide, through text and photographs, a very good introduction to the local history of that portion of West Yorkshire.
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Trevor James

The Historian

This book was so informative! I felt as if I was walking along these paths and seeing things the way the Brontes saw them. With maps, pictures and references to the famous books, this walking guide is a must if you're visiting Haworth.

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GoodReads, Lillian

At one level this is a very specialised book, in that it is designed for Brontë scholars and enthusiasts, but it does also provide, through text and photographs, a very good introduction to the local history of that portion of West Yorkshire.

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Historical Association - The voice for history

Featured as prize in competition

24seven Lifestyle, May 2019

This book is perfect for anyone who loves to holiday abroad and keep on their feet. It’s rich in history and will provide the perfect guide to the town that homes the famous Bronte sisters.

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Queen of Geekdom

The collaborative work of David F. Walford and Catherine Rayner, "Haworth and the Brontes" is a deftly written, impressively informative, lighthearted but deeply researched study that will be of particular interest and informative guidance to on-site tourists, social historians and those who would enjoy learning about of the Bronte family, their lives and works.

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Midwest Book Review

This is a fantastic book for people planning a visit to Haworth and the surrounding area, but also for anybody who loves the Brontës and wants to learn more about their time and lives in a visual and tangible way. It will inspire readers to visit (even if it is only with their imagination) the landscapes and the streets the sister walked, and will help them understand better what makes their voices so haunting and distinct. This book is also a beautiful gift to walkers and historians who want to learn more about this time and area in an engaging and enjoyable way.

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Author Translator, Olga Nunez Miret

A beautifully illustrated guide to the areas of Yorkshire in which the Brontes lived and worked.

Books Monthly

I can't praise this wonderful guidebook highly enough. The authors have created a 'must-have' guide to all things Haworth and Bronte, from history and biography to step-by-step maps and guides to Haworth and the moors that the Brontes knew so well... I would call it a companion, a friend to take with you as you explore Bronte Country. It is obvious that Rayner and Walkford have a deep knowledge and an abiding love of their subject matter, and they have done an outstanding job of bringing that knowledge and love to life in a very readable, extremely enjoyable way.

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Britain Express

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Evergreen, October 2018 (Autumn)

About Catherine Rayner

Catherine Rayner is a Life Member of The Bronte Society, a Trustee on the Council of the Bronte Society and the Chair of its Conference and Publications Committee. She studied at Hull and Leeds Universities and has degrees in English and Philosophy with Social History, Health and Social Care, and an MA in Victorian Literature. She has studied and researched the lives of the Bronte family for over forty years, and has previously written two theses on Emily Bronte, as well as various articles. Alongside this, she is a qualified nurse and has studied the effects of childhood on the development and psychology of adults.

About David F Walford

David F Walford has a fascination with the great Victorian engineers, along with his passion for walking, mountaineering and photography. He has written several books about walking in Yorkshire, including a wealth of information on the development of the railways. As a qualified draughtsman, he includes detailed maps of every route to enhance each walk around Haworth.

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