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 plotting 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 which 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?’.