What is the enduring appeal of Austen in South Asia? Georgina Godwin, the host of the British Council Literature podcast, interviews Austen fans at the Galle Literary Festival to find out.
We speak to authors from South Asia and the UK who have been inspired by Jane Austen and interview Laleen Sukhera, a British Pakistani writer, founder of the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan and editor of a new anthology of writing called Austenistan, that invites readers to reimagine Regency England in a contemporary South Asian context.
We speak to two of the contributors to the anthology, as well as to Sri Lankan author Ashok Ferrey and British writer Alexander McCall Smith, author of Emma - a modern retelling of one of Jane Austen's most cherished novels.
"We have a Facebook page with people from 45 countries" Laleen Sukhera talking about the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan
"Why is it that Austen is so particularly popular? Of course it is the humour..." Alexander McCall Smith