Set against the lush backdrop of 1890s Jamaica, Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting story was inspired by her fascination with the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. If Antoinette Cosway, a spirited Creole heiress, could have foretold the terrible future that awaited her, she would not have married the young Englishman. Initially drawn to her beauty and sensuality, he becomes increasingly frustrated by his inability to reach into her soul. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals, unaware that in taking away her identity he is destroying a part of himself as well as pushing her towards madness.
'A powerful and haunting book, thick with bright colour and deep, dark thoughts. Mesmeric and unforgettable'