Wright dispels a few other Brontë myths. Haworth was not the back end of beyond; locals called it “the city on the hill”. Patrick did not burn Maria’s new dress in a rage. And Maria was not “delicate”; she walked miles daily, and had six healthy pregnancies. It was a shock when she found she had cancer – unlike previous Brontë biographers, Wright avoids sentimentality about Maria’s painful death. This biography, impressively researched, crisply written, even down to the witty chapter titles (yes, including “Mothering Heights”), gives Maria her rightful place in the Brontë story.
Dopeworld: Adventures in Drug Lands
"To its credit, Dopeworld is nothing if not ambitious. Vorobyov states as much himself, describing it bombastically as ‘true crime, gonzo, social, historical memoir meets fucked up travel book’. That is a lot to cram in. If sometimes he drops the ball (the..."
— The Spectator