Thanks to The London Library for featuring The Making of Jane Austen in its fall member-author window display. Some research and writing for the book was done with the Library's fabulous resources and on its beautiful premises.
Such a pleasure to talk Jane Austen and The Making of Jane Austen with Sophie and Eleanor of The Bennet Edit, their podcast on Pride and Prejudice adaptations and queer Austen. We shared information, laughs, and opinions over the course of this hour together. Do check out their great series of conversations and interviews.
Friends, you made it happen, "by a wide margin"! Your votes for my book led it to a win for the Inside Higher Ed Reader's Choice Award for 2017. I'm so grateful for your support, of me and my book, The Making of Jane Austen, and of my fantastic publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press. The Press has had its books win this award (which is based entirely on reader votes/likes on social media) three years running!
Is It right for your book club?
Yes, definitely! The paperback edition now includes a brief reader's guide with discussion questions. I'd love to hear from you if you're considering choosing it.
This book works best in clubs familiar with Austen's fiction OR its film adaptations. (You could read or watch Pride and Prejudice and then choose this book.)