These days everyone’s all about sparkly vampires and tyrannical dictatorships trying to make you get with cute boys, and I’m just over here with my 90s YA heroine, who hangs out with marmosets and egg-laying mammals and rides dinosaur skeletons over tyrannical dictatorships before breakfast.
I really wanted to stick a tubby little duck-billed platypus into the final cover - and I still might. Don’t tempt me!
It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves?
To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë in
2016, Vintage is today publishing one novel by each of the famous Brontë
sisters: Jane Eyre by Charlotte
Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by
Anne Brontë, and Wuthering Heights by
Each book features the work of artist Sarah Gillespie. Her work beautifully
and perfectly complements that of the Brontës across the centuries. Sarah writes
of revealing “a world of
dancing atoms and temporal fragility, of moths, blossom, hares and birds, whose
cycles of life and death so often remain invisible to human eyes, hidden within
the enormity of the landscape or the dark of night, such as the Brontë sisters
Sometimes I’m reading books with such beautiful covers that even the people around me are looking at them and you can see the admiration in their eyes and in my head I’m like “yes, first it lures you in with the pretty and then it never lets go”.