Are you an unapologetic lover of Jane Austen? Do you always find yourself drawn to tales inspired by the renowned author? Then you’ll be delighted to know that there is a plethora of books that explore Jane, her family, her characters, and the era in which she wrote and lived in more fascinating and intelligent ways.
If you want to sink your teeth into something deliciously literary but with a modern twist, then look no further than this list of books based on or inspired by Jane Austen. From retellings of Pride & Prejudice in different eras to reimaginings of Jane’s life, these stories will keep you entertained and thoughtfully engaged as they pay tribute to one of literature’s greatest ever writers.
BOOKS ABOUT JANE AUSTEN & HER FAMILY
Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin
At her death in 1817, Jane Austen left the world six of the most beloved novels written in English. But her shortsighted family destroyed the bulk of her letters, and if she kept any diaries, they did not survive her. Now acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin, author of A Life of My Own, has filled the gaps in the record, creating a remarkably fresh and convincing portrait of the woman and the writer.
Austen Years : A Memoir in Five Novels by Rachel Cohen
With unusual depth and fresh insight into Austen’s life and literature, and guided by Austen’s mournful and hopeful final novel, Persuasion. Rachel Cohen’s Austen Years is a memoir of grief and family, a love letter to a literary master, and a powerful consideration of the odd process that merges our interior experiences with the world at large.
Miss Austen by Gill Hornby
A witty, poignant novel about Cassandra Austen and her famous sister, Jane.
Moving back and forth between the dusty vicarage and Cassandra’s vibrant memories of her years with Jane. Interwoven with Jane’s brilliantly reimagined lost letters, Miss Austen is the untold story of the most important person in Jane Austen’s life. With extraordinary empathy, emotional complexity, and wit, Gill Hornby finally gives Cassandra Austen her due, bringing to life a woman as captivating as any Austen heroine.
JANE AUSTEN INSPIRED BOOKS
RETELLINGS OF JANE AUSTEN’S BOOKS & CHARACTERS
The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray
Featuring Jane Austen’s leading literary characters, a summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit. When Mr. Wickham, one of literature’s most notorious villains, meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery.
Ladies of the House by Lauren Edmondson
In the vein of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible, an irresistible contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility about two sisters who must rebuild their lives and reputations in the aftermath of their family’s public scandal.
Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
Alys Binat has sworn never to marry—until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider. Told with wry wit and colorful prose, Unmarriageable is a charming update on Jane Austen’s beloved novel and an exhilarating exploration of love, marriage, class, and sisterhood.
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. He also looks down on her choices and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century. Ayesha is torn between how she feels about him and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself. A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.
Emma of 83rd Street by Audrey Bellezza, Emily Harding
In this witty and romantic debut novel, Jane Austen’s Emma meets the misadventures of Manhattan’s modern dating scene as two lifelong friends discover that, in the search for love, you sometimes don’t have to look any further than your own backyard.
What do you think about these books about Jane Austen?
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Last Updated on February 24, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle