As it is the case with any biography, you may question the accuracy of some information and the writer’s analysis of events but you have to admit that Tomalin does know her trade. This is an amazing biography that reads like a novel and which kept me engaged from cover to cover. Tomalin is a fantastic writer and she knows how to make you feel really close to her subject. This is witty, warm and poignant to the point that I actually started weeping when she describes Austen’s passing. Brilliantly written.
Tomalin, C. (1997) Jane Austen, A Life. London: Penguin.