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22 January 2020

Book Review: Jane Eyre: A Retelling by Tanya Landman *AD Gifted

Barrington Stoke sent me a review copy of  Jane Eyre: A Retelling by Tanya Landman

I utterly adore the original story, so what did I think of this super accessible retelling? Spoiler Alert: I utterly adored this too.

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Orphaned as a child, tormented by her guardian and cast out to a harsh boarding school, Jane Eyre has been raised in the shadow of cruelty and isolation. But when she takes a job as governess in Thornfield Hall, where secrets lurk in the attic and strange laughter echoes through the night, Jane meets the elusive Mr Rochester - and her life is irrevocably transformed.

Poignantly and powerfully retold in this stunning edition, Jane Eyre is the tale of a spirited heroine's search for love, independence and belonging.

Powerfully retold in this stunning new edition by Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman, Jane Eyre is the timeless story of an iconic heroine╩╝s search for love, freedom and belonging.

Cover artwork by Helen Crawford-White.

This book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paperstock so that even more readers can enjoy it.

Source: Review Copy

5 Word Review: Family, classic, spirit, belonging, retelling.

I only read Jane Eyre for the first time last year. I've always maintained that I didn't like classics, because so many of them just don't do it for me. I find them overly wordy and slow paced and boring. And while, to my surprise, Jane Eyre was none of those things, it is still a very long book. But it was a very long book that I fell in love with.

I love the story of Jane Eyre. It's one of those books that I turn to when I need some self-care. But it is an undertaking to re-read, and even the audiobook is around 20 hours.

In swoops this retelling by Tanya Landman. It is written in Barrington Stoke's typical easy to read and super accessible style. And it loses none of what I love. As pared down as this reworking of the classic story is, it loses none of the impact or atmosphere. It's just as haunting and gorgeous a story. 

I love that I can pick this up and read it in a single sitting. I love that I still get the essence and soul of the story. I love that it's type-set in a font that I can fly through. The slightly larger font size and the different in contrast between ink and page means that even on my worst days I can still read it.

It's the same story. It's just so much more accessible than the original, and I'm excited for people to read it and fall in love with one of my favourites.


  1. I have this and am really looking forward to reading it after seeing your review. Jane Eyre is my all time favourite classic.

  2. Oh that sounds really good! I'm planning on re-reading Jane Eyre for the first time in about 15 years soon so I might have to pick up this one afterwards!

  3. I really like the cover and I usually don't like classics either haha!

    Shirley |

  4. I've seen a lot about this one floating round and know it is coming into the library! Great review!


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