Books that are truly worth reading

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead and subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte's innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

Recommended by Rachel

Jane Eyre is one of those books I can (and do!) read over and over again. It has everything I could possible want from a good book; an intriguing plot with twists that I get genuinely invested in every time I read it, one of my all-time favourite couples whose relationship develops in such a subtle yet compelling way, and, of course, a heroine who I seriously admire.

Jane is my hero. Growing up, I saw a lot of my own traits in her but also a lot of the things I wanted to be. She’s never really accepted by society because she’s ‘plain’ and not as traditionally feminine as other girls but she never lets that hold her back. She’s headstrong with clear morals and she’s never afraid to fight for them, even when that means making difficult decisions. She’s intelligent, witty and fiercely independent and, to me at least, that makes her a pretty awesome role model.

Jane Eyre changed my opinion on the classics. I always assumed they were dull, slow and unnecessarily difficult to read, but this is none of those things. It’s a genuinely compelling story of Jane’s life from childhood to marriage with elements of gothic horror, romance and even a little action!