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Jane Eyre: A Retelling by Tanya Landman

Jane Eyre: A Retelling

Tanya Landman

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Publication date: 10 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781781129128

A poignant and powerful retelling of Charlotte Bronte's masterful 'Jane Eyre', brought to life for a new generation of readers by Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman.

4 stars out of 5
Emily Bearn
27 Jan 2020

"part of a commendable campaign to introduce reluctant readers to the classics."

Landman’s version contains 32 bite-sized chapters, some only a few paragraphs long. To state the obvious, it is not as elegant as the original. But the surprising triumph of this book is that, despite the ruthless trimming, Brontë’s voice can still be heard. By page 19, when in the course of 18 words, Jane leaves Lowood and arrives at Thornfield Hall, I was gripped. Landman says that her aim was to “keep the plot and the passion and cut out the padding”. Faced with the task of turning a complex classic into an easy read, Landman has excelled.