Inspired to re-read Emma by Melvyn Bragg’s Programme on the radio this week.

In Our Time on Wednesday featured three passionate, funny and knowledgeable contributors who felt that Jane Austen’s most complex heroine had somehow never been as loved as some of her others. It really deepened my appreciation of Austen’s intricate WP_20151121_001plotting and I was particularly struck by John Mullan saying that he  reads the  book each time from a different character’s perspective, for example Mr Knightley. So I’m going to give it go. Mr Knightley …here goes.






I also love John Mullan’s book What Matters in Jane Austen WP_20151121_004which addresses such issues as ‘Is there any sex in Jane Austen?’, ‘Why is it risky to go the seaside?’, ‘What do her characters read?’ and ‘How much money is enough?’.

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