Jane Austen Reading Project


This list: is organized by category and within the category, by order read, earliest to latest. *Denotes partly read.

Biographies and Criticism, etc. 

*Jane Austen’s Letters Deidre Le Faye, ed.

Jane Austen Robert P. Irvine Routledge Guide to Literature

Jane Austen Carol Shields

Jane Austen: A Companion Josephine Ross

Jane Austen Claire Tomalin

The Jane Austen Handbook Margaret Sullivan

Jane Austen: Her Life and Letters, a Family Record William Austen-Leigh and Richard Austen-Leigh

A Portrait of Jane Austen David Cecil

The Language of Jane Austen Myra Stokes

Jane Austen and the Body John Wiltshire

The Body in Illness and Health: Themes and Images in Jane Austen Anita G. Gorman

Jane Austen David Nokes

Jane Austen and Crime Susanna Fullterson

Jane Austen in Context Jane Todd

A Jane Austen Companion F.B. Pinion

Jane Austen Toby Tanner

Jane Austen,  A Collection of Critical Essays Ian Watt, ed.

Becoming Jane Austen (A Life) Jon Spencer

Jane Austen and 18th-Century Courtesy Books Penelope Joan Fritzer

Jane Austen, the Parson’s Daughter Irene Collins

Jane Austen in Context Janet Todd, ed.

Jane and Her Gentlemen Audrey Hawkbridge

Jane Austen Elizabeth Jenkins

A Memoir of Jane Austen Edward Austen-Leigh

The Language of Jane Austen Norman Page

Jane’s Fame Claire Harman

Only a Novel: The Double Life of Jane Austen Jane Aiken Hodge

Jane Austen: Irony As Defense and Discovery Marvin Mudrick

A Jane Austen Education William  Deresiewicz

A Truth Universally Acknowledged Susannah Carson, ed


Social & Historical Context

Jane Austen and Food Maggie Lane

Life in Regency England R.J. White

English Society in the 18th Century Roy Porter

Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine Roy Porter

Wits, Wenches and Wantons: London’s Lowlife, Covent Garden in the 18th Century E.J. Burford

How Doctors Think Jerome Groopman

What Jane Austen Ate and What Charles Dickens Knew Danial Pool

Some Words of Jane Austen Stuart M. Tove

Jane Austen, The World of Her Novels Deidre Le Faye

Jane Austen and the Theatre Paula Byrne

The Gentleman’s Daughter Amanda Vickery

*Aspirin, The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug Diarmiud Jeffreys

*The Liver Disorders and Hepatitis Sourcebook Howard C. Worman

Jane Austen; In Her Time W.A. Craik

*Housekeeping in the 18th Century Rosamund Bayne-Powell

*Servants: English Domestics in the 18th Century Bridget Hill

*Home Comforts: A History of Domestic Arrangements Christina Hardymont

*Development of British Money Orthodoxy 1797-1875 Frank Whitson Fetter

Beau Brummell Ian Kelly

*The English Abigail D.M. Stewart

The Complete Servant Samuel and Sarah Adams

Nelson’s Trafalgar Roy Adkins

William Wilberforce William Hague

Jane Austen Visits London Vera Quin

Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen Sarah Jane Downing

Hubbub: Filth, Noise and Stench in England 1600-1770 Emily Cockayne

Becoming a Doctor Lee Gutkind, ed.

What Matters in Jane Austen? John Mullan

The Real Jane Austen Paula Byrne

What Doctors Feel Danielle Offri

Jane Austen’s England Roy and Lesley Adkins

Below Stairs Margaret Powell

May, Lou and Cass: Jane Austen’s Nieces in Ireland  Sophia Hillian

One Doctor Brendan Reilly

Jane Austen and Names Maggie Lane

The Ghost Map Steven Johnson

Among the Janeites Deborah Yaffe

Jane Austen’s Country Life Deidre Le Faye

Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England Carolly Erickson

Behind Closed Doors Amanda Vickery

Jane Austen’s Names Margaret Doody

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps and the 10th Dimension Michio Kaku

A Room of One’s Own Virginia Woolf

Medicine in Translation Danielle Offri

*A Vindication of the Rights of Women Mary Wollstoncraft

European Diet From Pre-Industrial to Modern Times Elborg and Robert Forster, eds.

Chawton: Jane Austen’s Village Rupert Willoughby

Jane Austen and Alton Jane Hurst

Jane Austen and Chawton Jane Hurst

Georgian Cookery (English Heritage)

The Jane Austen Cookbook Maggie Black and Deidre Le Faye


Somehow Relevant Fiction 

The Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian (Master and Commander, etc)

Fingersmith Sarah Waters

Affinity Sarah Waters

To Say Nothing of the Dog Connie Willis

Doomsday Book Connie Willis

The History of Tom Jones, Foundling Henry Fielding

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict Laura Viera Rigler

Clarissa Samuel Richardson

Possession A.S. Byatt

Cassandra and Jane Jill Pitkeathley

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke

Castle Rackrent Maria Edgeworth

The Absentee Maria Edgeworth

Evelina Fanny Burney

Jane Austen Ruined My Life Beth Pattillo

The Vicar of Wakefield Oliver Goldsmith

The Italian Ann Radcliffe

Frankenstein Mary Shelley

Pamela Samuel Richardson

A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle

When You Reach Me Rebecca Stead

By a Lady Amanda Elyot

The Jane Austen Book Club Karen Joy Fowler

The Female Quixote Charlotte Lennox

The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenger

Camilla Fanny Burney

Murder at Mansfield Park Lynn Shepherd

The Three Weissmanns of Westport Cathleen Schine

The Mischief of the Mistletoe, A Pink Carnation Christmas Lauren Willig

Skippy Dies Paul Murray

The Little Book Selden Edwards

Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier

Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor Stephanie Barron

Jane Austen Made Me Do It Laurel Ann Nattress, ed.

The Observations Jane Harris

Death Comes to Pemberley P.D. James

Second Impressions Ava Farmer

Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott

Sacred Hunger Barry Unsworth

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen Syrie James

My Jane Austen Summer Cindy Jones

Tides of War Stella Tillyard

Kissing Shakespeare Pamela Mingle

Becoming Elizabeth Darcy Mary Lyon Simonson

Austenland Shannon Hale

Midnight in Austenland Shannon Hale

The Black Moth Georgette Heyer

Foundling Georgette Heyer

The Barbed Crown William Dietrich

The Golem and the Jinni Helene Wecker

Life After Life Kate Atkinson

Dearest Cousin Jane Jill Pitkeathley

The French Lieutenant’s Woman John Fowles

Jane and the Barque of Frailty Stephanie Barron

A Jane Austen Daydream Scott Southard

Timebound Rysa Walker

The Time Machine H.G. Wells

Shades of Milk and Honey Mary Robinette Kowal

A Perfect Visit Stuart Bennett

The Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph Frances Sheridan

The School for Scandal Richard Sheridan

Sedition Katharine Grant

First Impressions Charlie Lovett

Jane Austen’s First Love Syrie James

The Crimson Petal and the White Michael Faber

Suddenly Mrs. Darcy Jenetta James

Jane by the Sea: Jane Austen’s Love Story Carolyn V. Murray

Mrs. Engels Gavin McCrea

A Matter of Time Margaret Locke

Bath Tangle Georgette Heyer

Longbourn Jo Baker

Eligible Curtis Sittenfeld

The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen Ada Bright

Emma Alexander McCall Smith

The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen Syrie James


The Six Plus, Times Reread

Lady Susan 1

Sandition 1

History of England 1

Love and Freindship 1

Northanger Abbey 2

The Watsons 3

Pride and Prejudice 3

Mansfield Park 3

Sense and Sensibility 4

Emma 4

Persuasion 5