Our search has the following Google-type functionality:
If you use '+' at the start of a word, that word will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry +Potter
Search results will contain 'Potter'.
If you use '-' at the start of a word, that word will be absent in the search results.
eg. Harry -Potter
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between 2 words, then both those words will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry AND Potter
Search results will contain both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: AND will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'OR' between 2 single words, then either or both of those words will be present in the search results.
eg. 'Harry OR Potter'
Search results will contain just 'Harry', or just 'Potter', or both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: OR will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, that word will be absent in the search results. (This is the same as using the minus symbol).
eg. 'Harry NOT Potter'
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
NOTE: NOT will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use double quotation marks around words, those words will be present in that order.
eg. "Harry Potter"
Search results will contain 'Harry Potter', but not 'Potter Harry'.
NOTE: "" cannot be combined with AND, OR & NOT searches.
If you use '*' in a word, it performs a wildcard search, as it signifies any number of characters. (Searches cannot start with a wildcard).
Search results will contain words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er', such as 'Potter'.
CLAIRE HARMAN is the author of Sylvia Townsend Warner, for which she won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, as well as biographies of Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson, and Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a frequent reviewer. She divides her time between New York City and Oxford, England. www.claireharman.com
Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart is a moving and intimate portrait of a troubled genius.Blessed with a wealth of new material, this is a beautifully written and exceptionally engaging biography. Charlotte Bronte has a new champion and her name is Claire Harman. Dr. Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire Claire Harman s book captures all of Charlotte Bronte s idiosyncrasies, her brilliance and her oddness, as seen through the mind of a scrupulous and perceptive biographer. Thanks to Harman, we discover Bronte s contradictions and beguilements as she courageously acts on a trust beyond herself, the details of her life forcefully accumulating both mystery and meaning. Susanna Moore, author of One Last Look and The Life of Objects [Harman] vividly portrays a life of loneliness, anguish, tragedy, and suppressed rage in serene and elegant prose with frequent flashes of ironic humor; the underlying scholarship is extensive but never obtrusive. A delightfully engaging biography of a highly talented but deeply troubled prodigy of English literature. Kirkus Reviews, starred review Fresh, vigorous ...Drawing on prodigious research, both old and new, Harman creates an expert portrait of life at Haworth Parsonage and of its eccentric inhabitants ...In telling Charlotte s story anew, Harman has created a work that will appeal both to readers meeting the Bronte clan for the first time and to those already steeped in their lore. Publishers Weekly There s a fire and a fury raging in that little woman, Thackeray observed of Charlotte Bronte. She has a story and a great grief that has gone badly with her. Harman tells the story with quick wit, a sharp sympathy, and a fire and fury of her own. Frances Wilson, Evening Standard Harman s narration of [the] devastating events [of Charlotte s life] is elegant, sensitive, beautifully paced and moving. She has . . . produced a work that is affirmative, edifying, inspiring and humane. Matthew Adams, Sunday Express [An] excellent new bicentennial biography . . . Ms. Harman writes with warmth and a fine understanding of Ms. Bronte s literary significance. Above all, she is a storyteller, with a sense of pace and timing, relish for a good scene and a wry sense of humor. The Economist Elegantly written, consistently perceptive . . . [Harman] succeeds in bringing Charlotte back to life in all her spiky vulnerability. John Preston, The Daily Mail As someone who once wrote a book about the Brontes afterlives, few people can have read as many biographies of them as I have. I thought I was Bronte-ed out, but reading this book which will be equally accessible to someone coming to Charlotte for the first time has drawn me back in. Lucasta Miller, The Independent Three rounds of applause . . . for Claire Harman s superb retelling of Charlotte s story. Mark Bostridge, The Spectator Finely judged and authoritative. Sunday Times A retooled classic biographical narrative, shipshape and serviceable for the next 200 years. Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian