Jane Austen The Secret Radical by Kelly Helena
'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 The Bookseller 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.