Finola Austin joins Carol to talk about her debut historical fiction novel, Bronte’s Mistress.
Set in 1843, it’s the story of Lydia Robinson, who is best known for her secret affair with Branwell Bronte, the brother of the famous Bronte sisters. Here, Finola looks at the complex character of Lydia, a woman who is trapped in Victorian era social mores.
Finola discusses her research via books and scholarly writing and her travels to delve more deeply into the lives of her characters, everything from discovering second-hand books of forgotten documents to snippets that bring life to Lydia, Branwell, and the other family members. The book is sharp and the discussion about it with Finola is enlightening.
Books discussed in this episode:
Bronte’s Mistress by Finola Austin
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