Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights


Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is a retelling of the classic story from award-winning author Tanya Landman. We are on the Yorkshire moors, where the beggar boy that Catherine Earnshaw’s father returns with from Liverpool changes all their lives. While Heathcliff, as he is named, comes to be loved and respected by Catherine and her father, he is the source of deep loathing from Hindley, Catherine’s brother, and heir to Wuthering Heights.
Therefore, when Catherine’s father dies, the freedom and joy that Cathy shares with Heathcliff is threatened. Hindley makes ‘the dirty Spanish castaway‘ his scapegoat and battering ram. Yet there is something anchored in Heathcliff, beyond his passion for Cathy, that makes him stay. Even as events and people change, and Cathy becomes involved in the lives of Edgar and Isabella at Thrushcross Grange, Heathcliff is constant. It is as though his eternity is intertwined with Cathy. Is there anything that might disturb this, for them both?

The feelings of passion, rage, frustration and cruelty of Wuthering Heights are palpable. Somehow in this retelling Tanya Landman is able to stir up such empathy and understanding in her readers, as created by Emily Brontë. This is a deeply respectful and intuitive retelling that Bookwagon is proud to recommend to all older readers. Furthermore, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is published in a dyslexia friendly format.


Emily Brontës Wuthering Heights

A retelling by

Tanya Landman

This bookseller made a pledge never to reread Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights a second timel. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it; far from it. The story felt like a body blow- I consumed and was absorbed by it. It is possible that your experience will be different.
After Charlotte Brontê’s Jane Eyre, award-winning writer Tanya Landman turns her attention to Emily Brontë’s classic novel. We travel to the Yorkshire moors where Catherine Earnshaw lives in the shadow of a confined and unforgiving family. After her mother dies, her father turns to Catherine, realising the antagonism of his son, and Catherine’s brother. However, when Catherine’s father dies, Hindley’s loathing of the ‘beggar boy‘ with whom her father had returned from Liverpool, becomes unbearable. It seems as though Catherine’s joy, soul and being have become intertwined with Heathcliff,  a usurper in the nest, someone whom her father came to love too. The situation becomes too harsh. Can the Linton brother and sister bring some sense to the dangerous passions that play? Or could it be that everyone who is drawn into this setting is in some way poisoned and destroyed?
Tanya Landman retells the story respectfully and truthfully, demonstrating her skill and respect for the original piece. Furthermore, it seems that her understanding of the themes is such that they resonate truthfully. Therefore, we feel Cathy’s passions and frustration desperately. Thereafter, we understand how her situation makes it impossible for her to escape the boundaries of where she lives and how she feels.
Bookwagon recommends Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights highly to readers. This is superb writing, retelling and storytelling.


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