This is a wonderful book. I thought I would use it as a companion to reading Jane Austen or to check up on facts when I watched a particular film, but the book is so interesting that I simply read the whole thing through.
It is an entertaining read. Not only does it provide information about the novels themselves, it also sets the historical background for Jane Austen's writing, providing an insight into her life and the culture of the time period. There are synopses of the novels with descriptions of the main characters and suggestions of the themes to look out for in each novel. The book also covers the various film and television adaptations, providing a brief critique, information on the costumes, and details of the film locations. This book contains everything you would like to know about Jane Austen and is an absolute must for all Jane Austen fans.