The brief and tragic life of Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) is captured here in the beautiful letters she wrote to her best friend, Ellen Hussey, as she describes the long winter evenings spent in the bleak Haworth parsonage in the company of her sisters Emily and Anne.
Having worked unhappily as a governess and lived abroad in Brussels, she returns to the moors, where she writes her most successful novel, Jane Eyre. She then enters the most tragic period of her life as her brother, Branwell, a vicious drunk, dies in September 1848, followed within 12 months by both of her sisters Emily and Anne. Charlotte then marries her father's curate, only to die herself a few months later. The letters of Charlotte Bronte provide emotional insight into the wild, sad life and the beautiful character that grew out of it. In this production, Imogen Stubbs plays Charlotte. Download and start listening now!