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Susannah's Literary Readers Guides

Susannah’s Literary Readers’ Guides

Susannah’s Literary Readers’ Guides are designed for those who care about classic and important literature.

Susannah’s Literary Reader’s Guides are a series of downloadable, printable guides to her favourite books and authors. In each one, she reveals intriguing stories about the author behind the work, analyses the themes and characters in the book, lists film versions, suggests further reading and challenges you with thoughtful insights on the work.

At just $5 (AU) each, you can select several of these literary delights, which you will receive immediately your order is processed.

Here’s what makes Susannah’s Literary Readers’ Guides so special. You will:

  • Learn about classic books in easy-to-understand everyday language.
  • Discover the life of the person who wrote the book.
  • Understand what prompted the book to be written.
  • Identify the characters’ roles in the narrative.
  • Grasp the influence of the era, lifestyle and circumstances of the book’s setting.
  • Pick up on the small things that make a story rich.
  • Read the book with a much greater understanding of its background for more enjoyment.
The Guides:

Enjoy browsing all of Susannah’s Literary Readers’ Guides here. Click on each one to see more information or to order.

How to order

To order, open the page for the guide you want. Click the link to purchase the full-length guide on that page and add this item to your shopping cart. You can easily return here to add more guides to your shopping cart.

Each 24-page printable literary delight is just $5 (AU). Or purchase a pack of 6 and get one free!

Everything is 100% guaranteed. If you don’t feel these guides are great value for money, please let me know why and I will refund your purchase price.

The ‘Get One Free’ Pack

Select any 6 reader’s guides and pay JUST $25.00 (AU). Simply explore the titles above and add any 6 individual reader’s guides to your shopping cart.  You’ll automatically receive one guide FREE. Order now and you’ll receive access details by return email.

Fascinating person and wonderful architecture and art.

I was especially pleased to hear about Mary Somerville last week as she was such a trailblazer but previously an unknown quantity to me. Funny how the women drop out of historical discourse!

Great series Susannah – I loved the variety of trailblazers, the wonderful slides and I learned so much.


Just a quickie to say how successful (I’m sure), but how interesting and entertaining your four talks on Scottish writers have been.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every Monday afternoon.  

Yesterday’s was particularly interesting on Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  I have admired his furniture for ages and came to realise how similar his drawings were to Klimpf (as you mentioned) who I have come to know about since a visit to Budapest a few years ago. Isn’t it a shame that these geniuses are not appreciated more in their lifetimes? They have brave fresh ways of looking at the mundane and are not afraid of being less popular, and poorer for it.


I wanted to say thank you yet again for another wonderful lecture series – loved the Scottish trailblazers! Being married to a Scot and having lived over there for 5.5 years, I grew to know about all these trailblazers except for Mary Somerville.

We are great fans of CR Mackintosh – even my husband watched your lecture last night!!

I look forward to more trailblazers as you develop them.

Many thanks for yet another wonderful series. My cultural self has been greatly broadened by all your presentations and I hope you continue with them.
I’m surprised that you did not include a scotch distiller!
And many thanks for being such a much appreciated cultural trailblazer in our lives.

I had never heard of Charles Rennie Mackintosh until now.

What superb style and art we have seen tonight through his trailblazing work.

Thanks so much, Susannah for, as usual, a wonderful talk.

I have been enjoying your talks very much. As I have small children and I am in New Zealand, the times have meant that I have had to watch them afterward instead of live.  
Wonderful talk, thank you so much.
That was fascinating Susannah, am ashamed to admit she was only a name to me before your lecture. What a wonderful, extraordinary woman. Thank you for bringing her to my attention. 
Thank you for the wonderful talk about Mary Somerville. I am ashamed to say that despite spending my entire career as a practising scientist, I have never heard of Mary Somerville. I wonder if she was quite correct that by not making any discoveries she was ranked somewhat lower. She was what we may consider now as a science communicator, albeit a fabulous one.
Very interesting talk on Mary Somerville.  Thank You
All the details:

What is it?
At just $5, each of these literary delights is a real treat! In each one, Susannah reveals intriguing stories about an author to help understand what prompted the book to be written. She identifies the main characters and their roles, analyses the themes behind the story, and describes the influence that the era, lifestyle and circumstances have on the book’s setting. Included are 8 thought-provoking discussion points, perfect for books clubs or just to get you thinking a bit harder yourself.

Anybody could sit down and read the list of books Susannah has supplied. But it’s not so easy to learn about how the author came to write the book, or receive a commentary on all the film versions / sequels / adaptations that have resulted from it. Susannah guarantees that, after following her guides, you will have a far richer understanding of some fabulous classics than you ever would have done by just reading them on your own.

Every beautifully presented handbook is over 24 pages in length and packed with colour images. Each has an online Reader’s Companion (you can see them right here above), with carefully curated links to further reading, videos and extended material about the author and the book.

Save and print your guides to build your own collection of fabulous reading references.

Susannah has published many videos, articles, books, monographs and spoken word CDs, most notably, several about Jane Austen’s work. Unlike so many research books, Susannah’s works are definitely intended for a popular readership. Treat yourself, or buy a thoughtful gift for a reading friend.

100% guaranteed. If you don’t feel Susannah’s guides are great value for money, please let her know why and she will refund your purchase price.

By ordering a product you help Susannah cover the expense of producing her monthly newsletter, Notes From A Book Addict, keeping it cost and advertising free. Thank you.

It’s really easy to order and you can use any of these payment methods: Credit Card, Cash, Cheque, EFT or PayPal.
  Order online for immediate download. Purchase individually on each guide’s page above.
  Phone orders, please see here.

Further information and help 
Please contact Susannah here.