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A Brief Guide to Jane Austen: The Life and Times of the Worlds Favourite Author (Brief Histories) Paperback – 18 Oct 2012
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A witty and accessible guide to Jane Austen's life, works and the world she lived in.
About the Author
Charles Jennings studied English at Oxford and then become, as reported in the Spectator, the funniest journalist in London. He has written numerous books, including a history of Greenwich, as well as Them and Us: The American Invasion of English High Society.
Top customer reviews
Each offered chunks of knowledge, and were readable without being too scholarly. I quite liked the author's insights into each book, unexpectedly, and will be re-reading with a mind on them.
The Regency section was good, if a little too brief. This put the books in context. But a better read on this subject was by John Mullan (What Matters in Jane Austen).
A good read if you're a fan, puts Jane Austen and her books in their period context and the author is clearly well-read and writes well on the subject (with a few modern speech uses an unnecessary repetitions).
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