Kellys austen is a radical who resents aristocracy despises the corruption of the church of england and assails burkean conservatism anyone interested in austen will begin to see some problems it seems improbable that however clear sighted an interpreter she is kelly is the first to see what the great novelist was really up to . Jane austen the secret radical made me rethink my relationship to janes work and this considering i spent an entire semester in a jane austen seminar with helena which i think is the books stated intention so in this it was resoundingly successful for me. Jane austen the secret radical is wonderful a revelation its difficult to stand out from the crowd when writing about such an influential figure but helena kelly has certainly achieved that with this smart knowing perceptive book. Jane austen the secret radical has 507 ratings and 158 reviews bookdragon sean said unfortunately there is a certain stigma attached to austens work. Jane austen the secret radical by helena kelly a brilliant illuminating reassessment of the life and work of jane austen that makes clear how austen has been misread for the past two centuries and that shows us how she intended her books to be read revealing as well how subversive and daring how truly radical a writer she was
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