Jane Austen’s England-Book Review 3

Just finished reading Jane Austen’s England by Roy and Lesley Adkins (2013) yesterday.  A very enjoyable read.  I actually finished the book thinking: ‘Is that it?  Is that all there is?  Isn’t there any more?’  I wanted the book to be twice as long as it was!  But, I guess they had to decide what was an appropriate length for the subject matter.  It was interesting to get some of the context  and environment in which Austen was writing.  Also refreshing, and in keeping with Austen’s novels, to read something that focused on more of the social context rather than historical/political.  I would certainly recommend this to Austen fans.  The only part I found a bit unsettling was the details of Jane’s passing, which her sister outlined in a letter.  Then again, who wouldn’t be moved by those words?  And they are but a few in a very pleasant read.


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