Austen book gets to the heart of the matter

Austen book gets to the heart of the matter
Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in the BBC's 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved by John Mullan. Bloomsbury, €18.90. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved by John Mullan

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John Mullan is a Jane Austen anorak and proud of it in an unostentatious kind of way. Some of the facts in his new, highly intricate dissection of Austen's fiction are remarkable not so much because of what they reveal about his subject matter, but because they prove just how dedicated and eagle-eyed a reader he is.

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