Putting your phone in a drawer. Carving out chunks of free time at the weekend. Screenshots of your colleagues’ bookshelves on Zoom. You’ve tried it all. Alas, reading a novel in its entirety is still very much a daunting task. Fear not. The Jane Austen Book Club, adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by Karen Joy Fowler, is the perfect remedy for bibliophiles suffering from a prolonged bout of lack of concentration. Die-hard Austenites will, of course, love the story; about six people (five women, one man) who meet each month to discuss a different Jane Austen novel. Quickly the gatherings become more akin to therapy. You’ll likely see yourself in at least one of the characters. I, for instance, am more of a Jocelyn (happily unmarried, loves dogs and matchmaking). This is the film equivalent of a long bath on a Sunday afternoon.
You can stream The Jane Austen Book Club here.