You may know them as the Bronte sisters, but to people at the time were the Bell brothers. Anne, Charlotte and Emily published as Acton, Currier and Ellis respectively. The daughters of a clergyman living in West Yorkshire, the other sibling being called Branwell. There was another sister Maria who never survived childhood-nor did Anne in fact but she did write books before that. Charlotte lived the longest, at a mere 38, died in childbirth.
Their stories are probably the introduction to popular culture of suspense. And Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights inspired the Kate Bush song...no, it's gone...
Here are the five bestselling novels according to Amazon.co.uk.
1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
(By the way wuthering means a blustery wind in the Yorkshire dialect.)
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
3. The Tenant of Wildfire Hall by Anne Bronte.
4. Villette by Charlotte Bronte.
5. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte.
Here are the five bestselling biographies, also according to Amazon.co.uk.
1. The Brontes: Authors in Context by Patricia Ingham.
2. The Brontes at Haworth by Ann Dinsdale and Simon Warner.
3. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell and Angus Easson.
4. Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life by Lyndall Gordon.
5. The Bronte Myth by Lucasta Miller