Helena Kelly grew up in North Kent, just down the road from where Charles Dickens used to live. Despite this, she’s always been more of a Jane Austen fan. She first read Jane’s novels in her teens and they’ve been her constant companions through a Classics degree, law school, and a doctorate in English literature. She’s written academic articles and set Oxford University finals examinations on them and has taught courses on Austen to hundreds of people, of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds. Twenty years after she first picked up Pride and Prejudice, she is still discovering new things about her favourite author. She lives in Oxford with her husband and son.
Jane Austen, the Secret Radical (Icon, forthcoming November 2016) is her first book.