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15 Books About and Inspired by Jane Austen

Love everything about Jane Austen? Then this book list is just for you.

Last Updated on January 12, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

Books on Jane Austen

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.

For more information on Jane Austen’s life and legacy, check out: Discover Jane Austen’s Timeless Literary Life & Legacy.

Books about Jane Austen and Her Family

  1. Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin
  2. Austen Years : A Memoir in Five Novels by Rachel Cohen
  3. Miss Austen by Gill Hornby
Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin

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.

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Austen Years : A Memoir in Five Novels by Rachel Cohen

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.

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Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

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.

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Jane Austen Inspired Books

  1. The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
  2. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
  3. Jane in Love by Rachel Givney
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

A charming and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both large and small, and a community that forms around a shared loved of the written word.

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The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

A book club discusses the works of Jane Austen and experiences their own affairs of the heart.

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Jane in Love by Rachel Givney

Jane in Love by Rachel Givney

A charming, romantic debut novel in which Jane Austen, heralded author, ends up time-traveling almost 200 years in the future. There she finds the love she’s written about and the destiny she’s dreamed of…but is it worth her legacy?

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Retellings of Jane Austen’s Books and Characters

  1. The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
  2. The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray
  3. Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev
  4. Ladies of the House by Lauren Edmondson
  5. Pride and Protest by Nikki Payne
  6. The Wrong Mr. Darcy by Evelyn Lozada, Holly Lorincz
  7. Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
  8. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
  9. Emma of 83rd Street by Audrey Bellezza, Emily Harding
The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow

The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow

Mary, the bookish ugly duckling of Pride and Prejudice’s five Bennet sisters, emerges from the shadows and transforms into a desired woman with choices of her own.

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The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray

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.

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Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev

From the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors comes a clever, deeply layered, and heartwarming romantic comedy that follows in the Jane Austen tradition—this time, with a twist on Persuasion.

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Ladies of the House by Lauren Edmondson

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.

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Pride and Protest by Nikki Payne

Pride and Protest by Nikki Payne

A woman goes head-to-head with the CEO of a corporation threatening to destroy her neighborhood in this fresh and modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by debut author Nikki Payne.

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The Wrong Mr. Darcy by Evelyn Lozada, Holly Lorincz

The Wrong Mr. Darcy by Evelyn Lozada, Holly Lorincz

In this charming, multicultural, Pride and Prejudice-inspired romantic comedy, two unlikely people discover the error of judging by first impressions and the beauty of family, friendship, and love.

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Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

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.

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Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

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.

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Emma of 83rd Street by Audrey Bellezza, Emily Harding

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.

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What do you think about these books about Jane Austen?

Have you read any books about Jane Austen from this list?  What books would you add to the list?  Let’s talk more about book about and inspired by Jane Austen in the comments below.

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