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Jane Austen Book Group - How it works!

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All six of Jane Austen's novels will be read in order of publication, starting a new one every other month:

 

[/font]Jan / Feb - Sense and Sensibility (1811)

Mar / Apr - Pride and Prejudice (1813)

May / June - Mansfield Park (1814)

July / Aug - Emma (1816)

Sep / Oct - Persuasion (1818) (posthumous)

Nov / Dec - Northanger Abbey (1818) (posthumous)

 

As these books are out of copyright, you can download them FREE as audio or e-books:

 

Sense and Sensibility



audio book at Librivox / e-book at Project Gutenberg

 

Pride and Prejudice

audio book at Librivox / e-book at Project Gutenberg

 

Mansfield Park

audio book at Librivox / e-book at Project Gutenberg

 

Emma

audio book at Librivox / e-book at Project Gutenberg

 

Persuasion

audio book at Librivox / e-book at Project Gutenberg

 

Northanger Abbey

audio book at Librivox / e-book at Project Gutenberg



They are also available cheaply by several publishers (for example Wordsworth Classics) and second-hand from various shops and websites (such as Green Metropolis).

 

A thread will be opened for each of the books in turn as they are read. I hope you'll all enjoy reading these books and discussing them together!


 

For those who are interested in reading more, there are also Jane Austen's Juvenilia collection:

 

- The Three Sisters

- Love and Freindship (the misspelling of "friendship" in the title is famous)

- The History of England

- Catharine, or the Bower

- The Beautifull Cassandra

- Jack and Alice

- Frederic and Elfrida

- A Collection of Letters

Also her collection of shorter works:

 

- Lady Susan (novella)

- The Watsons (incomplete novel; Austen's niece, Catherine Hubback, completed The Watsons and published it under the title The Younger Sister in the mid-nineteenth century.)

- Sanditon (final novel fragment)

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In case anyone's interested, the BBC have made a three-part adaptation of Sense and Sensibility (the first book on our reading list).

 

The first pat will be showing on BBC1 at 9pm on Friday 4 January.

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The discussion thread for Sense and Sensibility is now open HERE.

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