Dr Helena Kelly discusses Jane Austen

Interview by Bridget Osborne

September 2017

2017 was the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. There were documentaries made, statues raised and her face was added to the new £10 note.

In Chiswick she was celebrated at the launch of that year’s Chiswick Book Festival, in a special event in the Burlington Pavilion, with authors including Paula Byrne (The Genius of Jane Austen), Dr Helena Kelly (Jane Austen, the Secret Radical) and Dr Esme Whittaker, curator of Chiswick House.

Bridget Osborne talked to Dr Helena Kelly about her book, in which she makes the case that Jane was far more subversive and radical than we perhaps have realised.