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.