Jane Austen Down Under

A wonderful blog about books is called ‘Read Me: great books to read’. Each month Louise Owens in Australia reviews 10 books “that are fantastic and inspiring reads”, and she also interviews many authors. Book themes include Design and Architecture, Fashion, Biographies and much more. Louise only reviews books that she loves and is so informative and positive that you want to drop everything in order to read them all. We strongly recommend this blog (and you can sign up to the ‘Read Me newsletter’).

In December, the theme was ’10 Great Books about History and Culture’, and we were very pleased that Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England was one of those chosen. “There were many wonderful ‘Ah!’ moments for me reading this book,” Louise writes, “when things were explained that I had always wondered about or were mystified by such as the fact that contemporary fiction referred to London as being ‘up’ (no matter where they were) as if the city was located on a peak.” You can read the full review here.

Louise subsequently interviewed us both. You can read Lesley’s interview here, and Roy’s interview is here. One response (by Verena Mauldon) was “Great interview – then went to read the review, then bought the book! Now I have to wait for it to be delivered… But half an hour ago I hadn’t heard of this book, so thanks for the heads up!” This is – of course – the sort of enthusiasm that bookstores and publishers need to generate to ensure that everyone gets to hear about good books. Thank you, Louise, for your great blog and for spreading the word.