Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Heathcliff by Sue Barnard + #Giveaway + Excerpt

Heathcliff by Sue Barnard
Self published on the 9th June 2018.

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It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now…”

Cathy’s immortal words from Wuthering Heights change Heathcliff’s life.  At just seventeen years of age, heartbroken and penniless, he runs away to face an unknown future.

Three years later, he returns – much improved in manners, appearance and prosperity.

But what happened during those years? How could he have made his fortune, from nothing? Who might his parents have been? And what fate turned him into literature’s most famous anti-hero?

For almost two centuries, these questions have remained unanswered.
Until now…


In this excerpt, the coachman (Thomas Braithwaite) describes his conversation with Heathcliff as they set off for Liverpool.

The following morning, the stranger joined me in the stable yard as the other passengers began to take their places in the coach.
“How is your arm?” I asked him.
“Still sore, but it’s not broken. I think I will live.” I detected a faint ghost of a grin on his face as he spoke. “May I sit on the box seat with you? I don’t think the other passengers will want my company again today.”
“Are you sure?” I answered, surprised at his request. “Won’t it make your arm worse?”
He grunted. “Even if it does, I’d rather have your company than sit inside. My intrusion last night was quite clearly not welcome. And in any case, I hate being confined. Certainly not with snobs like them.” He glanced towards the gloomy interior of the coach and grimaced.
“Very well.” I was unsure of the wisdom of this, but he seemed determined, and I had no wish to incur his wrath by arguing with him. Our acquaintance, brief though it had been, had already shown me that he was not a man who would suffer fools gladly.

As we set off, he looked around at the moors surrounding us.
“It is a long time since I was last in Liverpool,” he muttered, as much to himself as to me.
“How long?”
“More than ten years. I was only a child when I left.”
“So what brought you to Yorkshire?”
“Not so much ‘what’ as ‘who’. I was brought here by the master of the house I have just left.”
I was puzzled. “Why?”
“I’m not sure. Out of the kindness of his heart, I think. He’d come to Liverpool for something to do with his business – I don’t know what exactly – and he found me wandering and begging on the streets. He brought me back to Yorkshire with him, and it’s been my home ever since. Until last night.” He relapsed into gloom as he spoke the last three words.
I was silent as I recalled his revelation of the previous evening.
Then he spoke again. “He carried me here, all the way, inside his great-coat.”
“What? Even in the stagecoach?”
Now it was his turn to look surprised. “Stagecoach? No, not at all. He walked the whole way.”

Meet the author

Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet whose family background is far stranger than any work of fiction. She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.

Sue was born in North Wales but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester. She speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad.

Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4's fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as "professionally weird." The label has stuck.

Sue’s first novel, The Ghostly Father (a new take on the traditional story of Romeo & Juliet), was officially released on St Valentine's Day 2014.  Since then she has produced five more novels: Nice Girls Don’t (2014), The Unkindest Cut of All (2015), Never on Saturday (2017), Heathcliff (2018), and Finding Nina (2019).

Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.

Author links: 
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  1. That was a fascinating excerpt! I'm not too interested in a sequel to Wuthering Heights but for those who love that book I bet this is a really neat read. ❤️ Thanks for sharing Stephanie!

    1. I couldn't actually get into the original novel at all, but have read a couple of great retellings!

  2. What an intriguing read. I read Wuthering Heights years ago, might have to read it again and then this one.

    1. You might also be interested in a Caribbean retelling: Windward Heights by Maryse Conde

    2. That's really cool, I will take a look at your review, thanks!