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Jane Austen: A Companion

Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen remains one of our best loved authors. Her six novels are constantly reprinted, translated, and filmed; and the opening line of Pride and Prejudice -'It is a truth universally acknowledged…' - has passed into everyday usage. Yet, while the appeal of her fiction is timeless, the social and historical background against which she lived and wrote, and which plays so great a part in shaping her plots and characters, has long since vanished.

Opening with a brief account of her life, Jane Austen: A Companion is divided into eight chapters, on topics from fashion, love and marriage, and literature, to everyday Regency life, showing how they feature in her letters and novels, and contribute to the drama, humour and brilliant observations of human nature for which she is so celebrated.

Illuminating, informative, and above all entertaining, Jane Austen: A Companion is an indispensable guide for all who wish to know more about the world of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, and the remarkable woman who two centuries ago created them.


“A lively companion to Austen's life and work and a pleasurable experience for those who have just come across the books and wish to widen their knowledge of the writer and her background.” - The Sunday Times

“Detailed and elegant” - Hampstead and Highgate Express

“Ross knows and loves her subject, and anyone who loves Jane Austen will be delighted by her book.” - Church Times

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