Questioning the Canon is a new feature in which I hope to bring to light lesser-known books about a certain issue, which can be read alongside or instead of infamous 'classics'. People are starting to discuss whether the authors we hold up as cultural icons - Shakespeare, Dickens, Wordsworth - should be accompanied by previously marginalised writers. Our idea of what constitutes 'great literature' is becoming broader. This can only be a good thing, as it means more diversity and social representation in what we read!
Rating: 4 stars Category: Classics Synopsis: An unknown lady and her child moving into Wildfell Hall, a gloomy old property that has remained unoccupied for years, causes quite a stir in the quiet rural community of Linden-Car. Mrs Graham is reclusive and unforthcoming, yet, at times, a strangely intense conversationalist. Despite the malicious rumours that begin to circulate, Gilbert Markham becomes intrigued by this singular lady. As the two grow closer companions through Mrs Graham’s son Arthur, a past is revealed that even the most avaricious gossips of the parish could never conjecture.