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January is named after the two-faced Roman god Janus, and the Victorians understood this has long been a season of looking backward as much as forward, and not just in search of lessons. (Shutterstock)

How 19th-century Victorians’ wellness resolutions were about self-help — and playful ritual fun

The 1859 book ‘Self-Help’ by Scottish journalist and physician Samuel Smiles was written in bite-sized pieces reminiscent of today’s wellness and lifestyle New Year tips.
The Brontë family, by Branwell, who painted over himself after realising the ‘composition was too cramped’. National Portrait Gallery/Wikimedia

How incest became part of the Brontë family story

Since the 1930s, Wuthering Heights has been used to claim the Brontë family had an incestuous secret.

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