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Jane Austen, the Secret RadicalJane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Helena Kelly's fascinating analysis of Jane Austen's books ranks up there as one of my favorite reads of 2019. So much else about Austen, her world, and her choice of writing projects, makes sense now that I've had a deep dive into the social history and politics of the period. I will admit that some of her conclusions were a bit hard for me to swallow, so you will have to make your own decisions about what she thinks about certain motifs Austen's novels, but it would have been a very boring book if I had agreed absolutely with everything in it. If you are a Jane Austen devotee, please pick up this book and sit with it…pick up a print copy, in fact…and get your head into this space. It will make the novels come to life in a completely different way.

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