Jane Austen: A Life

janeaustenI’ve loved reading Jane Austen’s books for years and living in the UK meant learning a little about her life by osmosis.  However, reading this book I realized how little I really knew about her.

First, I must confess that I read this book as an audio book.  Normally this is a minor thing, but in this case the audio book seemed odd as the book was read by an English woman though it was written by a Canadian.

I found this book very informative and an enjoyable read.  Ms Austen was a remarkable woman.  It’s unfortunate that so little is known about her and her developing genius.

I would recommend this work as an excellent biography and a source of information for fellow fans of Jane Austen’s writing.  It also shows tremendous writing skill on the part of Carol Shields.  Quite a stretch from her own novels.


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