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.â€™ Caroline Criado-Perez, Guardian Almost everything we think we know about Jane Austen is wrong. Her novels donâ€™t confine themselves to grand houses and they were not written just for readersâ€™ enjoyment. She writes about serious subjects and her books are deeply subversive. We just donâ€™t read her properly - we havenâ€™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 â€“ feminism, slavery, abuse, the treatment of the poor, the power of the Church, even evolution â€“ 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.
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