Author(s): Clare Boylan
When Charlotte Bronte died in 1855, she had written the first two chapters of a new novel, which introduced a lost girl and signalled the author's most compelling work since Jane Eyre. Now, almost 150 years later, Clare Boylan has returned to this intriguing beginning and turned it into an astonishing story of mystery, atmosphere and page-turning suspense.
The arrival of Conway Fitzgibbon at Fuchsia Lodge with his daughter Matilda is a source of delight to the headmistress, Miss Wilcox. The unsuccessful ladies' school is eager for new pupils, particularly one so finely dressed and boasting a father who is 'quite the gentlemen'. But as Christmas approaches, and Miss Wilcox inquires about arrangements for the holidays, she is in for a shock. Conway Fitzgibbon, like the address he left behind, does not exist . . .
'Emma Brown is deliciously gothic. Secrets, subplots, love affairs and liars add intensity to this vital story.' DAILY MAIL 'you want to know what happens, and who Emma really is - the essential test of success ...convincing...a 19th-century novel for today, with a creditable Brontean flavour.' SUNDAY TIMES 'extraordinary...wonderfully intricate and intriguing.' IRISH TIMES 'part detective story, part psychological drama...result.' MAIL
Clare Boylan is a highly acclaimed novelist and short story writer whose work also regularly appears in the GUARDIAN etc.