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Which is the greatest Jane Austen novel?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of the greatest English novelists. On the 200th anniversary of her death, writers make the case for the novel closest to their hearts

Jack and Alice and other juvenilia
Charlotte Brontë did not like Jane Austen because she thought she was mimsy, with a fenced-in imagination. But the teenage Jane was ruthless, well read, exuberant and scathing. She understood the cult of sensibility, and sniggered at it...

After A Wild Start, 'Made For Love' Stumbles
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Alissa Nutting's new novel has a deviant instinct that makes it fascinating at first — but after a promising start, it falls back on shallow sex slapstick rather than authorial skill.

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Nonfiction: Jane Austen’s Stuff, and What We Learn From It
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In “Jane Austen at Home,” the BBC presenter Lucy Worsley traces the writer’s life through the places and possessions that mattered most to her. www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/...
Review: "Amnesia" by Cambria Hebert
Truth is, the very beginning didn’t compel me. It was interesting and intriguing, and I loved Eddie from day 1, but it wasn’t… addictive. The focus was more on the mystery, on what Amnesia was going through, and...
This Chick Read: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
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I listened to this audio book and was immediately immersed in all of these characters individual stories. Told through a series of letters, we really get a feel for the era, post World War II, and the city of London. The inhabitants of that city struggling to begin their lives again after living through the atrocities of war.
Review: When It's Real
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It’s been a long time since I read a YA and I have to say what a pleasant way to get back in the game! When It’s Real is without a doubt a highly enjoyable read. It’s light, it’s young, it’s… fresh.
Some of the things I appreciated the most were the social media shenanigans to build their...
'American Fires' Tells A True Story Of Love And Arson In Rural Virginia
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In 2012 and 2013, Accomack County, Va., was plagued by arson. The culprits, it turned out, were a local man and his girlfriend. In a new book, journalist Monica Hesse tells their story.

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M by Henry Hemming review – the fascist spymaster of MI5
A superb book on the naturalist turned intelligence officer discloses new information on agents within far right and communist organisations

Maxwell Knight seemed unemployable, until he found his metier in the British Secret Service in the 1920s. He was a failure as a son, a husband – he was impotent, though his third wife didn’t mind – a naval rating, a civil servant, a paint seller, a prep school games teacher and a novelist. His abiding interest was in exotic animals, ranging from spider...

The Shortlist: New Novels Depict Valiant Women of Old America
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Three new novels dealing with history and heroines. www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/...
Children’s Books: Summer Y.A. Escapes from Sarah Dessen, Andrew McCarthy and More
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The heroes of these Y.A. novels bust out and learn to love, in settings from New Jersey to Taiwan to Mars. www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/...