Author: Joan Aiken

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Eliza’s Daughter

Author: Joan Aiken

A Young Woman Longing for Adventure and an Artistic Life… Because she’s an illegitimate child, Eliza is raised in the rural backwater with very little supervision. An intelligent, creative, and free-spirited heroine, unfettered by the strictures of her time, she makes friends with poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge, finds her way to London, and … Read More

Genre: Sense and Sensibility Subjects: sequel


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Mansfield Park Revisited

Author: Joan Aiken

In Aiken’s sequel to Jane Austen’s complex and fascinating novel, after heroine Fanny Price marries Edmund Bertram, they depart for the Caribbean, and Fanny’s younger sister Susan moves to Mansfield Park as Lady Bertram’s new companion. Surrounded by the familiar cast of characters from Jane Austen’s original, and joined by a few charming new characters … Read More

Genre: Mansfield Park Subjects: sequel, Susan Price

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Jane Fairfax: The Secret Story of the Second Heroine in Jane Austen’s Emma

Author: Joan Aiken

A key reason for Emma’s success is that the story has two heroines-Emma Woodhouse and Jane Fairfax. In Austen’s novel, Jane’s backgound is left obscure, and the turmoil underlying her current reduced circumstances in mysterious. At last we learn her whole story in Joan Aiken’s superb retelling ofEmma-this time from Jane Fairfax’s point of view.

Genre: Emma Subjects: alternative POV, Jane Fairfax