Reviews

‘[Austenistan] skewers the country’s conservative social elites by transporting the Bennets, Dashwoods and Woodhouses to ten-day weddings at seaside mansions in the mega-city of Karachi, and parties in guarded apartment blocks in Islamabad’

The Times, UK

 

‘A delightful blend of worldly frivolity and social criticism’

[‘Il risultato è una deliziosa miscela di frivolezza mondana e di critica sociale’]

Vanity Fair Italia

 

‘…Speckled with insider tales from Isloo life and stories of cheating fiancés and heart-dented heiresses’ 

The Financial Times, UK

 

‘It is two hundred years since the publication of the novel Persuasion by one of England’s greatest writers, Jane Austen. Well now her work has inspired a group of women from Pakistan to put together a series of short stories called Austenistan…It’s unlikely Jane Austen could have predicted her books would still be making an impact such a long way from home more than two hundred years after her death’

BBC News, UK

 

‘…A wonderful anthology…It’s a fantastic book and such a great idea’

Monocle, UK

 

‘…A stunning literary portrait of Pakistan’s cities and rife with compelling characters’

Harper’s Bazaar India

 

‘…This is a work that is not only a tribute to Jane Austen, but literature at its most inspired’

IANS [Indo-Asian News Service], India

 

‘The similarities run so deep that Laaleen has curated a collection of stories adapted from Austen. It’s set in contemporary Pakistan, and it’s called Austenistan. The women didn’t have to look far for material. Some of Austen’s most beloved characters are sisters who deal with their limited options differently. Mahlia sees her younger sister Laaleen as headstrong, romantic and irresponsible, just like a typical younger sister in an Austen novel’

NPR [National Public Radio], USA

 

‘…All we need to fall in love with Austen all over again…this time, in Pakistan’

The Khaleej Times, UAE

 

‘Fendis and facelifts, Missonis and moisturisers, wedding sangeets and Louis Vuittons. Austenistan…is a delightful read’

India Today

 

‘This book could very well be called Rich People Problems: the South Asia edition…It’s fun, it’s fluffy and it will ease you in summer with the twirl of a parasol’

The Hindu, Business Line

 

‘If there is one place in the world where Austen’s spirit is alive and well it is in the subcontinent’

The Daily O, India

 

‘…Hugely popular overnight for dealing with romance and the queen of romance, Jane Austen’

The Times of India

 

‘…The book is now the talk of literary circles and is drawing attention worldwide’

Gulf Times

 

‘…Modern-day Austen heroines, sporting Chanel and sipping champagne under a shamiana’

Scroll India

 

‘Heroines who might WhatsApp instead of penning a letter, but are still afflicted with the malaises Austen’s characters suffer from’

Grazia India

 

‘A universe that has Jane Austenian qualities, filled with polite but potent drawing room conversations, elegant heiresses, debonair rakes and social posers’

HELLO! India

 

‘The way Asia has kept alive Austen’s legacy with its class distinctions in marriages, tasteful soirées, romantic courtships and dreamy settings not only comes alive in Austenistan but the anthology also looks at peeling back the layers and examines the “happily ever afters”’

First Post, India

 

‘…The anthology is reminiscent of Austen’s works not just in terms of the plot, but also in how smoothly it transports us to modern-day Pakistan’

Platform, India