Mr Rochester voted nation’s favourite literary hero

Mr Rochester has been voted the nation’s favourite literary hero in a survey hosted by Mills & Boon and The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

View video highlights from the Literary Heroes discussion below.

With a shortlist that included the debonair charm of Rupert Campbell Black, the brooding, wild mystery of Heathcliff, and the quiet intensity of Captain Corelli, the result of Mr Rochester sparked an engaging and entertaining debate at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The discussion on Literary Heroes took place at the world-renowned festival on 13th October, with a panel hosted by leading romantic fiction publisher Mills & Boon. The panel included best-selling authors Katie Fforde, Sharon Kendrick, Virginia McKenna and Stella Duffy, and was chaired by Fiona Lindsay.

Over 300 guests were welcomed by Mills & Boon butlers and the debate was followed by champagne and a book signing.