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Jane Austen, the Secret Radical (Hardback)
  • Jane Austen, the Secret Radical (Hardback)

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 03/11/2016
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`A sublime piece of literary detective work that shows us once and for all how to be precisely the sort of reader that Austen deserves.' Caroline Criado-Perez, Guardian
Almost everything we think we know about Jane Austen is wrong. Her novels don't confine themselves to grand houses and they were not written just for readers' enjoyment. She writes about serious subjects and her books are deeply subversive. We just don't read her properly - we haven't been reading her properly for 200 years.
Jane Austen, The Secret Radical puts that right. In her first, brilliantly original book, Austen expert Helena Kelly introduces the reader to a passionate woman living in an age of revolution; to a writer who used what was regarded as the lightest of literary genres, the novel, to grapple with the weightiest of subjects - feminism, slavery, abuse, the treatment of the poor, the power of the Church, even evolution - at a time, and in a place, when to write about such things directly was seen as akin to treason.
Uncovering a radical, spirited and political engaged Austen, Jane Austen, The Secret Radical will encourage you to read Jane, all over again.

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781785781162
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

'What this radical re-reading ... does so brilliantly is to exhort us all to chuck out the chintz, and the teacups, and all the traditional romantic notions about Austen's work that have been fed to us for so long ... However well you think you know the novels, you'll be raring to read them again once you've read this.' -- Caroline Sanderson
`A sublime piece of literary detective work that shows us once and for all how to be precisely the sort of reader that Austen deserves.' * The Observer *
"An addictive debut" * Stylist *
'You'll definitely see Austen's works differently from now on' * Nottingham Post *
'A thoroughly engaging read.'
'Thoroughly impressive and convincing'
'It encapsulates smartly much that a frequently chintzy Austen industry would prefer to overlook.'
'Jane Austen: the Secret Radical is wonderful; a revelation. It's difficult to stand out from the crowd when writing about such an influential figure, but Helena Kelly has certainly achieved that with this smart, knowing, perceptive book.' -- Amanda Foreman

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“A (Mostly) Entertaining Polemic”

Helena Kelly believes that Jane Austen needs to be rescued from the clutches of chintz and cosiness and given her due as a suversive writer in an age of censorship and oppression. She has a point, and makes it with... More

Hardback edition
6th January 2017
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“Interesting, exciting, and sometimes over the top”

Jane Austen The Secret Radical is based on the idea that we have been reading Austen's novels all wrong; she didn't just write conservative romances but engaged with serious subjects such as feminism,... More

Hardback edition
15th May 2017
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Diana O. at Aylesbury


I cannot say how happy I am that someone finally took this overdue approach on Jane Austen's novels. My hat goes off to Helena Kelly for the attention to detail, exquisite writing, and sharp and well researched... More

Hardback edition
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7th April 2017
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