This was actually my first Jane Austen biography. I have read all her fiction and I have read other sources about her life but not in a proper biography. I thought it was time to pick one up especially since I like Worlsey as BBC history presenter.
The book took me longer than usual to read but perhaps typical of a longer nonfiction book. I found the beginning hard to get into. There was something about Worlsey’s writing style that I needed to get accustomed to. It was conversational and I did get use to it.
I really appreciated the broader, historical context of the era including details about health, gender, home life, economics, Georgian society, and and the Napoleonic wars. It is a shame that she died young. As usual with historical books about women, I appreciated the rights and privileges we have now.
A good read for those who like Austen and the era.
Read April 9-20, 2018.
This did take a bit to get into! I just finished my review this morning and it’ll post tomorrow. I hope I’ll eventually get to check out the Worsley presentation on BBC that coincided with this book.
I really want to read this, as I love Jane Austen and Lucy Worsley.