Austenistan: a Pakistani take on Jane Austen's work

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Jane Austen is one of Britain's favourite authors, but Austen's appeal reaches far beyond the shores of her birthplace; her writing is universal. In this podcast, we met Laaleen Sukhera, British-Pakistani writer, media consultant, founder of the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan and creator of 'Austenistan'. The anthology of seven short stories are inspired by Jane Austen's work, and set in contemporary Pakistan. We caught up with Laaleen along with one of the contributors, molecular biologist Gayathri Warnasuriya, at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka to find out more about how the collaboration came about, and the parallels it draws between Austen's Regency era England and modern Pakistan. Read the blog: https://literature.britishcouncil.org/blog/2018/q-a-kristina-sabaliauskaite/podcast-austenistan Find out more about 'Austenistan': https://www.bloomsbury.com/in/austenistan-9789386950260/ Find out more about the Galle Literary Festival: https://galleliteraryfestival.com/

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