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  • As near perfect a Life of Austen as we are likely to get: intelligent, feeling, suggestive

    Carmen Callil, Daily Telegraph
  • A book that radiates intelligence, wit and insight

    Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
  • A perfect biography: detailed, witty, warm

    Dirk Bogarde, Sunday Telegraph
  • Claire Tomalin is the finest and most disinterested of biographers, because in her pages she has given Jane Austen her liberty

    Hilary Mantel, New York Review of Books

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