I've loved Jane Austen for a long time. i re-read her novels every year or so and yet I'd never really explored her biographies before. After I read her letters, I decided I needed more information and found this book. It's beautifully written, not at all dry, taking the bare bones of what I thought I knew about Austen and opening up her life, her context, her novels in a way that is still with me, weeks after finishing. Gorgeous.
This is my favourite Jane Austen and Juliet Stevenson brings so much to it. I return to it again and again.
After falling in love with Nella Last's War, I desperately wanted more of the story. This continues in the same tone as Nella and her community try to adjust to life in post-war England. So wonderful.
I love Nella Last's War and Nell Last's Peace - this was not quite as engaging as the first two but wrapped up her story in a satisfying way.
I came to this after seeing the tv series and enjoyed it just as much. What started out as an apparently dry account of local council activities expanded into a wonderful and moving story.
I actually listened to this twice and read the book in paperback. Enormous Jeanette Winterson fan and to have her reading it was just the most wonderful treat.
It was short enough I knocked it over in a couple of sittings.
Yes I would. Any Jane Austen fan knows that her letter writing is prized - much is written about how her letters are as funny and delightful as her novels and I wasn't disappointed. Even the most mundane details were fun to read about.
Jane Austen obviously.
i very nearly did.
Beautifully read - love Fiona Shaw. I just wished it was longer.
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