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Wuthering Heights: A Retelling

Written by Tanya Landman

Part of the Classic Retellings Series

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Wuthering Heights: A Retelling Review

Classic Fiction Dyslexia Friendly Books for Teens Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Romance / Relationship Stories

Riveting, readable re-telling of Emily Brontë’s tragi-romantic classic

Interest Age Teen Reading Age 9

Tanya Landman’s storytelling skills shine bright in this potent re-telling of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Specially written to engage reluctant and dyslexic readers, this soars with passion, pinches with the pain of tragic love and brings Brontë’s commentary on social class to the fore.


“It just wasn't in me to be the obedient, devoted daughter my father craved,” Cathy states near the start of her story, shortly before her father takes-in beggar boy Heathcliff, with whom she forms a soulful bond that will last a lifetime - and beyond. “The two of us together were bigger than the sky and freer than the wind”, she effuses. They’re wild, and united in their loathing of Cathy’s cruel brother who demotes Heathcliff from family member to servant (and later labourer) when their father dies.


When Cathy agrees to marry a well-off suitor, hoping to use his wealth to free Heathcliff from the hellhole Wuthering Heights has become, misfortune after misfortune strikes. But theirs is a love that endures everything, and Landman’s re-telling does a remarkable job of conveying the conflicts and tragedy of the original.

Joanne Owen

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Wuthering Heights: A Retelling Synopsis

The night that Heathcliff, an unkempt orphan, arrives at the Heights, Cathy's life will change for ever ... but theirs will not be a happy love story.

From a harsh childhood to a foolish marriage, a troubled path of pain and punishment lies ahead. Yet no matter how they suffer, they cannot stay apart - for whatever souls are made of, Cathy's and Heathcliff's are the same.

After all these years, will Cathy's ghost find the peace that life denied her?

Wuthering Heights: A Retelling Press Reviews

Praise for Jane Eyre: A Retelling;

“This nippy, easy-to-digest condensing and rewriting of the novel ... doesn’t put a word wrong ... Readers, I hope you devour it.” Times, Children’s Book of the Week

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ISBN: 9781781129371
Publication date: 06/08/2020
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781781129371
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Author: Tanya Landman
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 104 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction, Romance / Relationship Stories
Collections: Home Schooling - Useful Links, Resources & Books,
Other Categories: Dyslexia Friendly Books for Teen

About Tanya Landman

Tanya Landman has written numerous books for children and young people, including Buffalo Soldier, winner of the Carnegie Medal, Apache, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, The Goldsmith's Daughter and Hell and High Water, shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Sam Swann and Poppy Fields mystery series and the beautiful picture book Mary's Penny. Tanya lives in Bideford, Devon, with her husband and their two sons. Read more about the author here.  

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