What do Alicia Silverstone and Noel Gallagher have in common? I’m not aware of Alicia having any famous siblings, so I’m going to go with the fact they both owe their careers to the works of creative excellence that came before them.


In Noel’s case, he’s frequently confirmed there wouldn’t be a Wonderwall without The Beatles. In Alicia’s case, there wouldn’t be Cher and Clueless without Jane Austen and her Emma. And since this is a book club, let’s leave the Gallagher brothers to fight amongst themselves and move onwards to Jane Austen, one of the most well known and influential authors of all time.


Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Emma have not only outlived their author, they’ll outlive us all, thanks to the continuing inspiration they grant to so much of popular culture. A small note on the things that wouldn’t exist without Jane before we get cracking with this month’s three books:


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