About Janet Todd

Professor Janet Todd is an internationally renowned novelist and academic, best known for her non-fiction feminist works on women writers including Jane Austen, Aphra Behn and Mary Wollenstonecraft. In recent years, she has turned her hand to writing novels, publishing Lady Susan Plays the Game, a Jane Austen spin-off, in 2013 and A Man of Genius in 2016. Janet has published and edited more than 38 books, including various biographies on female writers with her most recent being Aphra Behn A Secret Life.

Janet is an expert in her field, having worked in universities around the world including Ghana, Puerto Rico, North America and India. Janet was also a professor of English Literature at Glasgow University and Aberdeen University, before becoming president of Lucy Cavendish College in Cambridge where she ran a festival of women writers, and established the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. She is also the General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen, the first modern and fully annotated edition of the works of Jane Austen.

In 2013, Janet was given an OBE for her services to higher education and literary scholarship. Now retired, Janet spends her time writing her books and splits her time between Cambridge and Venice.

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