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  • Published: 15 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781784160333
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99


A lacerating and moving fictionalised portrait of self-destruction - unlike anything hitherto written about the Brontes

Haworth, West Yorkshire, 1848.

Branwell Brontë - unexhibited artist, unacknowledged writer, sacked railwayman, disgraced tutor and spurned lover - finds himself unhappily back in Haworth Parsonage, to face the disappointment of his father and his three sisters, the scale of whose own pseudonymous successes is only just becoming apparent.

With his health failing rapidly, his aspirations abandoned and his once loyal circle of friends shrinking fast, Branwell resorts to a world of secrets, conspiracies and endlessly imagined betrayals. But his spiral of self-destruction only accelerates the sense of his destiny to be a bystander looking across at greatness, and the madness which that realisation will bring…

  • Published: 15 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781784160333
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Robert Edric

Robert Edric was born in 1956. His novels include Winter Garden (James Tait Black Prize winner 1986), A New Ice Age (runner-up for the Guardian Fiction Prize 1986), The Book of the Heathen (winner of the WH Smith LIterary Award 2000), Peacetime (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2002), Gathering the Water (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2006) and In Zodiac Light (shortlisted for the Dublin Impac Prize 2010). His most recent novel is Sanctuary. He lives in Yorkshire.

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Praise for Sanctuary

A wonderfully edgy piece of wartime noir

D.J. Taylor, Independent

A work of art...Edric is one of the most remarkable novelists writing today

Allan Massie, The Scotsman

Macabre twists keep the pages turning

James Urquhart, Financial Times

Stunning and ambitious...Edric enters fully the mind and inner life of his dissolute (anti-)hero. It would be so easy to fall into pastiche, but a writer as good as he is, is pitch perfect. The reader is encouraged to savour the prose, to absorb the atmosphere and to enter the eerie world of Haworth and its inhabitants. Edric's portrait of the Reverend Patrick Bronte is masterly and poignant. Branwell's close relationship with Emily, the love he feels for consumptive Anne and the disintegration of his bond with Charlotte who looks on him with resentment and hostility are vividly explored...A moving and imaginatively reconstructed portrait

Paula Byrne, The Times

A masterly, highly evocative, multi-layered tale

Mail on Sunday (Eire)

The book succeeds in poetically entering into the destructive world of a young man of modest talent who finds himself born into a household of genius

Jane Jakeman, Independent on Sunday

Fabulously atmospheric


Robert Edric has written some of the most interesting and diverse historical fiction of the past thirty years...Edric eschews a conventional plot in favour of vividly realised scenes that build up an extraordinary portrait of a man lurching towards self-destruction

Nick Rennison, Sunday Times

Edric's world, though often unsavoury, is also curiously compelling. Lured into its shady precincts, you're unlikely to want to leave.

David Grylls, Sunday Times

A story which could have emerged from a Bronte novel. A man haunted by his failures is trapped by the secrets of a sequestered household and drawn to his own decline in flinty, lilting prose...A beautiful re-imagining


A darkly disturbing novel

Hull Daily Mail

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