From The Observer, Sunday 15 March 2009, by Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent:
Oxford academic and Austen authority Professor Kathryn Sutherland is claiming that a new book by award-winning biographer Claire Harman has copied her own radical ideas about the novelist, pulled together over 10 years of research and published by her in 2005...According to Sutherland, the two former friends met in her home shortly after the publication of her own book, Jane Austen's Textual Lives, from Aeschylus to Bollywood, in 2005. She says she let Harman read the book and was distressed to learn later that her friend was working on a popular version of its theories...Nick Davies, Harman's editor at publisher Canongate, is not prepared to accept any large debt to the professor's book and points out that it is listed among the acknowledgments. "Until we receive something on paper from Kathryn Sutherland, detailing where she thinks her ideas have been reproduced, neither I nor Claire can really say any more," he added.
[Well, this should be interesting!]