In Conversation: On Brontë’s Mistress

Set in 1843, Finola Austin’s Brontë’s Mistress tells the story of Lydia Robinson, known for her secret affair with Branwell Brontë, brother of the famous Brontë sisters. Dissecting Robinson’s complex […]


In Conversation: On Brontë’s Mistress

Authors:Finola Austin, Carol Fitzgerald


Set in 1843, Finola Austin’s Brontë’s Mistress tells the story of Lydia Robinson, known for her secret affair with Branwell Brontë, brother of the famous Brontë sisters. Dissecting Robinson’s complex character in an examination of a woman trapped in Victorian-era social mores, Austin’s thoughtfully researched work brings contemporary relevance to these historical characters. Joining her is Carol Fitzgerald, president and founder of The Book Report Network and host of the “Bookreporter Talks To” video/podcast series.

This program is presented in partnership with The Book Report Network.

Finola Austin

Finola Austin was born in Gravesend, England, to a Northern Irish father and an English/Welsh mother. Raised in Northern Ireland, Austin spent her childhood telling stories to her long-suffering younger sister and reading all the books she could get her hands on. As an adult she founded the Secret Victorianist, an award-winning blog dedicated to 19th-century literature and culture. Brontë’s Mistress is her debut novel.

Carol Fitzgerald

Carol Fitzgerald is the president and founder of The Book Report Network, a group of websites about books and authors – including Bookreporter.com and ReadingGroupGuides.com – that have been gathering places for a large and devoted community of booklovers since 1996. Known for her in-depth author interviews, in 2019, the company launched the “Bookreporter Talks To” video/podcast series, which she hosts. In 2020, “Bookaccino Live: A Lively Talk About Books” and “Bookaccino Live: A Live Book Group Event” were added to the company’s video programming.

 

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