Delighted to be joining in the Blog Blitz today, to share news of this wonderful new release from Allison & Busby – THE JANE AUSTEN REMEDY by RUTH WILSON
ABOUT THE BOOK
As she approached the age of seventy, Ruth Wilson began to have recurring dreams about losing her voice. And as she grappled with feelings of unfathomable sadness, she made the radical decision to retreat from her conventional life with her husband to a small sunshine-yellow cottage in New South Wales, Australia where she lived alone for the following ten years.
Ruth had fostered a lifelong love of reading, and from the moment she first encountered Pride and Prejudice in the 1940s she had looked to Jane Austen’s heroines as her models for the sort of woman she wanted to become. She resolved to re-read Austen’s six novels; to reflect on her life in relation to what she discovered in each of them. And as Ruth read between the lines of both the novels and her own life, she began to reclaim her voice.
A beautiful, life-affirming memoir of love, self-acceptance and the curative power of reading. Published the year Ruth turns ninety, The Jane Austen Remedy is an inspirational account of the lessons learned from Jane Austen over nine decades, as well as a timely reminder that it’s never too late to seize a second chance.
If you don’t want to immediately go and re-read all your Jane Austen books after reading this memoir, then there’s something wrong with you! The author has done an impressive job with looking back at her life and connecting it with re-reading all the novels of Jane Austen, to see how her life experiences, if at all, had changed her perception of the work she grew up with and had meant so much to her throughout her life.
As the author came to certain conclusions about her life when later in years, and completely changed the way she lived and in that reflective time she turned to the comforting words of Jane Austen to see what she could learn from the past, and how it maybe shaped her thinking and how it could still be so relevant even to this day.
Re-reading these novels gave her peace and gave her answers to questions she didn’t realise she needed answers to. There are many other mentions too of different books by various authors that she felt a connection to and had an impact on her over the years.
She looks back at her childhood, her marriage and motherhood and how that ‘happiness’ that society says you should have once you’ve settled down seemed far away from her, and she knew action was needed. In re-reading these books she began to see different thing in different characters that life experience shines a different light on, and I found that to be the most fascinating – and I hope to get the same kind of experience when I pick up all the Jane Austen novels again
.A fascinating life and look back at the impact that novels written so long ago have resonated with readers for so long. It’s a book about finding the courage to let go, move and reclaim your voice and your happy, however old you may be!