Publication Date: 28 Jan 2024
Categories: HistoricalISBN: 9781915853752
It is late summer 1780 and Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights after overhearing Catherine say how it would degrade her to marry him. The few possessions he takes with him include an amulet; his only possession other than the rags he wore when found as an urchin in Liverpool. When he wears it, the amulet seems to bring him luck.
Heathcliff travels to Liverpool, where he makes his way to India as a deck hand on a ship of the East India Company. On arrival in Madras, Heathcliff finds work, love and wealth, but will his luck last and will he ever be able to put his past behind him?
Imagining the short period of Heathcliff’s absence in Emily Brontë’s acclaimed novel, Heathcliff’s Fortune depicts the events which sees him transformed from a rough farm boy to a wealthy gentleman, and relates how he acquired, in India, the great wealth that made enacting his terrible revenge on those who wronged him possible.
Gordon Robert Howdle is a chartered structural and civil engineer and, prior to retirement, was senior partner in a consulting engineering practice. He continues to pursue a lifelong interest in the history of the East India Company, with particular reference to the activities of Robert Clive, Lord Clive of India. His other interests include the conservation of historic and listed buildings. He lives in Shropshire with his wife.
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