Jane Austen at home : a biography

Lucy Worsley

Historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the rooms from which our best-loved novelist quietly changed the world. Like so many others, Worsley seems to have her own ideas about the misconceptions which have gathered around Austen’s life, noting that the Hollywood and BBC adaptations have tended to film in houses which would have been far bigger than the ones that Austen would have visited, let alone lived in. Over time, we have raised Austen to a far grander life to the one she actually lived. 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. It is a light-hearted and accessible exploration not just of Austen’s life and routines but also of the Regency era as a whole.   

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