Deborah Yaffe

Deborah Yaffe, an award-winning author and newspaper journalist, has been a passionate Jane Austen fan since first reading Pride and Prejudice at age ten. As a newspaper reporter in New Jersey and California for more than thirteen years, Yaffe covered education, the law, and state government. Her first book, Other People’s Children: The Battle for Justice and Equality in New Jersey’s Schools, was initially supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit Deborah’s website for more information.


Narrative non-fiction journey through the world of Jane Austen Fandom, to discover why so many people are drawn to Jane and her books and what they find in the companionship of others who love her, by award winning journalist and long time Janeite.


Rights: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, North America

Among the Janeites is a lively and insightful celebration of big-tent Austen fandom.” — Publisher’s Weekly 

“For fans of Jane Austen and for anyone interested in the story of how six novels, written hundreds of years ago, have transformed the lives of the countless people who love them, Among the Janeites is a sparkling, informative, and highly entertaining exploration, revealing why Austen’s work remains a source of ‘wisdom, comfort,insight.'” — Lan Samantha Chang, author of All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost 

“Among the Janeites is a delightfully detailed, warmly intimate look at the nooks and crannies of Austen fandom, including Yaffe’s own love affair with Jane. Never simply a tourist among the Janeites, Yaffe offers sympathetic accounts of real people, while never losing humor and irony about the odd marriages brought about between Austen addiction, the eccentricities of scholarship, the excesses of fandom and commercialism, and love of Colin Firth in a wet shirt.” — Susan Bordo, author of The Creation of Anne Boleyn