New York Times bestselling author Jane Austens classic novel, How to Read a Book, is out now in paperback.
It’s the second edition, with new chapters by Sophie Turner and Mark Steyn, and the first to be published by Penguin Random House.
The author, whose work has been featured in the New York Review of Books, the Guardian, the Financial Times, and other publications, said: “I am thrilled to have the chance to be a part of the New Yorker’s new series of novels.”
She was interviewed for the first time by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, where she talked about the novel’s influence on her writing, and her views on feminism and equality.
Jane Austen is often described as the great American writer, but her books are a mix of Americana, Victorian literature and British literature.
In her own words, she wrote about her favourite characters and places.
She said she wanted to write about America, the United States, but also her favourite cities.
She was interested in the people she met, and in their personalities and the stories they told.
“They’re not always the most sympathetic, but they’re not the most boring.
They’re not just there to give us a story, they’re there to make us feel something.
And I think that’s really important to do,” she said.”
If you don’t give us the story, we’re not going to feel it, and we’re going to get bored.”
And that’s why I’ve always tried to tell people, don’t tell us anything that doesn’t make you feel.
I mean, why not?
Because I know that there’s always something that makes us feel uncomfortable.
I’m a woman, after all.
“Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, about a serial killer who murders a schoolgirl, was also published in the early 20th century, and its success led to a wave of novels written by women.”
That’s why it’s so exciting for me to be writing these books, to be in the public domain, because it means people will be able to read these books.
And if they’re a little bit older, it means they’re going out into the world and people are going to understand that,” she told Today.”
I’m delighted to have this chance to tell a story that’s been part of our history for centuries, that’s very, very relevant to us now.
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