May 212010


*The titles that have highlighted links are the ones I have read and reviewed on this blog

**This list is in chronological order based on the publication year


– Reading Jane Austen (Reading Writers and their Work) by Jenny Davidson © 2018

 Jane and Dorothy: A True Tale of Sense and Sensibility:The Lives of Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth by Marian Veevers © 2018

– Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan by Ted Scheinman © 2018

– Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen (Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650–1850) by Jocelyn Harris © 2017

– Jane on the Brain: Exploring the Science of Social Intelligence with Jane Austen by Wendy Jones © 2017

Reading Austen in America by Juliette Wells © 2017

– Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister: The Life and Letters of Fanny Palmer Austen by Sheila Johnson © 2017

– Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy Worsley © 2017

– The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser © 2017

– The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She Works in Hollywood by Paula Byrne © 2017

– Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage by Caroline Jane Knight © 2017

– Jane Austen’s England by Helen Amy © 2017

– The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Helen Amy © 2017

– The Jane Austen Treasury: A Collection of Fascinating Insights into Her Life, Her Time and Her Novels by Janet Todd © 2017

– Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelley © 2017

– Women and ‘Value’ in Jane Austen’s Novels: Settling, Speculating and Superfluity by Lynda A. Hall  © 2017

– Simply Austen  by Joan Klingel Ray © 2017

– Jane Austen and Performance by Marina Cano © 2017

On the Sofa with Jane Austen by Maggie Lane © 2016

– Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Relationships by Ronald W. Richardson © 2016

Austen’s Guide to Happiness by Shaunagh O’Connell © 2016 (ebook only)

– Courtship and Marriage in Jane Austen’s World by Maria Grace © 2016

– The Jane Austen Writer’s Club by Rebecca Smith © 2016

Wealth or Poverty?: Jane Austen’s Novels Explored by Stephen Mahony © 2016

To Be a Jane Austen Heroine by Michelle M. © 2016

Fan Phenomena: Jane Austen by Gabrielle Malcolm © 2015

The Jane Austen Files by Helen Amy © 2015

A Jane Austen Christmas by Carlo DeVito © 2015

The Love of Strangers by Nile Green © 2015

Say It Like Miss Austen: A Jane Austen Phrase Thesaurus by Stefan Scheuermann © 2015

Finding Jane Austen in Bath by Sarah Zielinski © 2015

Finding Darcy by Ellen Rose © 2015

The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen by Janet Todd © 2015

Jane Austen’s Names: Riddles, Persons, Places by Margaret Doody © 2015

Fathers in Jane Austen by I. P. Duckfield © 2015

As If!: The Oral History of Clueless by Jen Chaney  © 2015 

Pride and Prejudice: Your Backstage Pass to Jane Austen’s Novel and Making of the BBC TV series starring Colin Firth by Jessica Long © 2015

Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer by Lisa Pliscou © 2015

Jane Austen and Bath by Terry Townsend © 2015 

Jane Austen’s Kent by Terry Townsend © 2015 

Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Book Covers by Margaret C. Sullivan © 2014

Jane Austen Possessions and Dispossessions: The Significance of Objects by Sandie Byrne  © 2014

The Jane Austen Rules by Sinead Murphy © 2014

Jane Austen’s Worthing: The Real Sanditon by Antony Edmonds  © 2014

A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England by Sue Wilkes © 2014

The Hidden Jane Austen by John Wiltshire © 2014

At Home with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson © 2014

Growing Old with Jane Austen by Maggie Lane © 2014

Jane Austen’s Erotic Advice by Sarah Raff © 2014

– Among the Janeites by Deborah Yaffe  © 2013

 Jane Austen, Game Theorist by Michael Suk-Younge Chwe  © 2013

Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity by Janine Barchas  © 2013

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne  © 2013

– Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 years of Jane Austen’s Darling Child by Hazel Jones and Maggie Lane  © 2013

What Matters in Jane Austen: 20 Crucial Puzzles Solved by John Mullan  © 2013

Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece by Susannah Fullerton  © 2013

Jane Austen’s Cults and Cultures by Claudia L. Johnson  © 2012

Understanding Austen: Key Concepts in the Six Novels by Maggie Lane  © 2012

Everybody’s Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination by Juliette Wells  © 2012

All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith  © 2012

The Marriage of Faith by Laura Dabundo © 2012

A Dance with Jane Austen by Susannah Fullerton  © 2012

Bitch in a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen from the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps, and the Saps by Robert Rodi  © 2012

A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz  © 2011

Why Jane Austen? by Rachel Brownstein  © 2011

Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen by Sarah-Jane Downing © 2010

Jane Austen (Christian Encounter Series) by Peter J. Leithart © 2010

Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered The World by Claire Harman © 2010

A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen by Susannah Carson © 2009  ES

Jane Austen: An Unrequited Love by Andrew Norman © 2009

Jane Austen and Marriage by Hazel Jones © 2009

In the Garden with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson © 2008 (reissued in 2011)

Two Guys Read Jane Austen by Steve Chandler and Terrence Hill © 2008

The Bedside, Bathtub, and Armchair Companion to Jane Austen by Carol Adams © 2008

The Little Book of Jane Austen by Emily Wollaston © 2008

Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence © 2007

The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret C. Sullivan © 2007 (reissued in 2011)

What Jane Austen Taught Me About Love and Romance by Debra White Smith © 2007

Jane Austen for Dummies by Joan Klingle Ray © 2006

A Rambling Fancy: In the Footsteps of Jane Austen by Caroline Sanderson © 2006

Jane Austen in Bath: Walking Tours of The Writer’s City by Katharine Reeve © 2006

Jane Austen: A Life (Penguin Lives) by Carol Shields © 2005

Miniatures and Morals: The Christian Novels of Jane Austen by Peter J. Leithart © 2004

Selected Letters by Jane Austen and Vivien Jones © 2004 (reissued in 2009)  L

Searching for Jane Austen by Emily Auerbach © 2004

A Fine Brush of Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen by Richard Jenkyns © 2004

Tea With Jane Austen by Kim Wilson © 2004 (reissued in 2011)

Jane Austen, a Treasury of Illustrations by Lee Crane © 2003

Jane Austen on Screen by Gina and Andrew MacDonald © 2003

In the Steps of Jane Austen: Walking Tours of Austen’s England by Anne-Marie Edwards © 2003

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool © 2003

Jane Austen: A Companion by Josephine Ross © 2002

Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels by Deirdre Le Faye © 2002

Jane Austen on Film and Television by Sue Parrill © 2002

Jane Austen in Hollywood by Linda Troost © 2000

– Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomlin © 1999

The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen by Edward Copeland © 1997

Jane Austen’s World: The Life and Times of England’s Most Popular Author by Maggie Lane © 1996 (reissued in 2005 and 2013)

Jane Austen’s Christmas by Maria Hubert © 1996 (reissued in 2003)

Jane Austen: In Style by Susan Watkins © 1996

–  Jane Austen and Food by Maggie Lane © 2003  (reissued in 2003, 2007, and 2013)

Only a Novel: The Double Life of Jane Austen by Jane Aiken Hodge © 1972  L

More about Jane Austen by G.B. Stern © 1949  ES  SS

Jane Austen’s Letters by Jane Austen and Deirdre Le Faye © 1932 (reissued in 1952 and 1997)  L

A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections by James Edward Austen-Leigh © 1870 (reissued in 2002)


L – Letters
ES – Essays
SS – Short Story
YA– Young Adult


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  6 Responses to “A Comprehensive Guide to Austenesque Novels – Non-Fiction/Reference”


    Thank you ever so much for this list!! I will reference it often I’m sure!


    You’re becoming an Austen treasure! I can see a time when your blog appears in the bibliographies of serious non-fiction works.


    This just made my day! I’m bookmarking it, mailing it and saving it to reference 🙂 Thanks so much, Meredith!


    A Truth Universally Acknowledged is excellent! I have the book at home, I read about 10 pages into it and I knew that it wasn’t just for serious readers. In fact, anyone can read it.

    I personally recommend it!


    Wow! What fantastic and lovely comments to brighten my day! Thank you all!

    I am so glad that these lists are proving to be helpful. It makes all the work putting them together worthwhile!

    The next one is Pride and Prejuidice, which will probably have to be broken up into a couple lists since it is so widely written about! I am VERY excited about it though!

    Nicole – I have been reading A Truth Universeally Acknowledged bit by bit over the last month. It is proving to be a very insightful and enjoyable read! I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it!


    Terrific list, Meredith!

    I read “Jane Austen for Dummies” a few years ago and it was a very informative, insightful read (despite the somewhat derogatory title). For a general overview on JA’s work and her background, I would recommend it.

    I own “What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew” and it’s a fantastic resource on the Regency era for readers, writers or lovers of that time period. It’s very helpful in explaining exactly what whist is or a cravat, for example.

    I also own “The Friendly Jane Austen” which is a lighter version, in my opinion, of “Jane Austen for Dummies”. This book includes references on JA-inspired films as well as a breakdown of JA characters and thoughts from actors who have played those characters.

    Again, thanks, Meredith! I will be updating my TBR list shortly. 🙂

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