Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Julia Sawalha's six best books

Julia Sawalha is an English actor who played Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (the 1995 mini-series starring Colin Firth).

One of Sawalha's six best books, as told to the Daily Express:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The most moving love story I’ve ever read.

It’s the underlying frustration of the delay in resolution which makes it a page-turner and the resolution is so worth it.

When Mr Rochester says: “Is it Jane?” And she says: “God bless you, Sir. I’m glad to be so near again...”, I burst into tears. Exquisite.
Read about the other books on the list.

Jane Eyre also made Honeysuckle Weeks's six best books list, Kathryn Harrison's list of six favorite books with parentless protagonists, Megan Abbott's top ten list of novels of teenage friendship, a list of Bettany Hughes's six best books, the Guardian's top 10 lists of "outsider books" and "romantic fiction;" it appears on Lorraine Kelly's six best books list, Esther Freud's top ten list of love stories, and Jessica Duchen's top ten list of literary Gypsies, and on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best governesses in literature, ten of the best men dressed as women, ten of the best weddings in literature, ten of the best locked rooms in literature, ten of the best pianos in literature, ten of the best breakfasts in literature, ten of the best smokes in fiction, and ten of the best cases of blindness in literature. It is one of Kate Kellaway's ten best love stories in fiction.

The Page 99 Test: Jane Eyre.

--Marshal Zeringue