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Jane Austen at Home – Lucy Worsley

Jane Austen at Home – Lucy Worsley

I pre-ordered this and have been waiting and waiting and finally it arrived.

Here is the blurb …

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the rooms from which our best-loved novelist quietly changed the world.

This new telling of the story of Jane’s life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her. It wasn’t all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a painful struggle. Jane famously lived a ‘life without incident’, but with new research and insights Lucy Worsley reveals a passionate woman who fought for her freedom. A woman who far from being a lonely spinster in fact had at least five marriage prospects, but who in the end refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.

This is (currently) my favourite biography – easy to read, insightful (and the cover is beautiful). I have read several biographies and you would think there would be nothing new to say, but each author interprets things differently or writes from a different perspective. In this case, Worsley uses each of Austen’s homes as her starting off point. I learnt new things – for example, Mr Austen might have died from malaria.

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