“I understood what Larkin was doing. Raised in England by adoptive parents, Alison Larkin was actually born in America. She herself is a comic writer and performer – and she approaches Austen as a satirist – she has genuine theatrical skilll – sustained comic creations. The voice reveals all.” —David Denby, The New Yorker
200 years since Jane Austen completed her last novel, Alison Larkin, a witty and always original voice, brings Persuasion and a selection of lesser-known poems by Jane Austen to a new audience.
Seven years after Anne Elliot rejects the man she loves after a family friend persuades her that he isn’t a good enough match for her, Frederick Wentworth returns to England looking for a wife.
Austen did not take herself seriously as a poet but she did write occasional, mostly comic verses to entertain family and friends. Selected and introduced by award-winning narrator Alison Larkin, the poems range from lines found on a piece of paper inside a tiny bag she gave to her niece to When Winchester Races a poem she wrote just three days before she died.
PRAISE for Alison Larkin’s narration of Jane Austen’s EMMA – 200th anniversary audio edition and Pride and Prejudice – 200th anniversary audio edition.
“There’s a vintage feel to Alison Larkin’s narration. The bell-like quality of her sweetly accented voice harkens back to another, quieter, time – her delivery offers a flexibility that is contemporary and easy to hear.” —AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE
“The best possible way to enjoy Jane Austen” —AUDIOBOOK JUNGLE
PRAISE for Alison Larkin
“A narrator to seek out…unparalleled”
“Alison Larkin is hugely entertaining”
—The Times (London)