Godmersham Park (Paperback)
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Godmersham Park (Paperback)

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Published: 05/01/2023
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The author of Miss Austen returns to the life of the celebrated Regency novelist with an elegant, atmospheric account of a young governess forming a firm friendship with the literary genius.

Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for January 2023

On 21 January 1804, Anne Sharpe arrives at Godmersham Park in Kent to take up the position of governess. At 31 years old, she has no previous experience of either teaching or fine country houses. Her mother has died, and she has nowhere else to go. Anne is left with no choice. For her new charge - twelve-year-old Fanny Austen - Anne's arrival is all novelty and excitement.

The governess role is a uniquely awkward one. Anne is neither one of the servants, nor one of the family, and to balance a position between the 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' members of the household is a diplomatic chess game. One wrong move may result in instant dismissal. Anne knows that she must never let down her guard.

When Mr Edward Austen's family comes to stay, Anne forms an immediate attachment to Jane. They write plays together, and enjoy long discussions. However, in the process, Anne reveals herself as not merely pretty, charming and competent; she is clever too. Even her sleepy, complacent mistress can hardly fail to notice.

Meanwhile Jane's brother, Henry, begins to take an unusually strong interest in the lovely young governess...

And from now on, Anne's days at Godmersham Park are numbered.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529158922
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 192 x 128 x 30 mm

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“A wonderful historical novel..”

‘Miss Austen’ introduced us to the inner circle of Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra. In ‘Godmersham Park’ Hornby carries on telling us more about Jane’s world. In this book we are introduced to Anne Sharp who... More

Hardback edition
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“Charming”

Godmersham Park follows Anne Sharpe, the real life friend of Jane austen , who falling on hard times was forced to seek employment as a governess in the home of Jane's brother Edward. Although based on a... More

Hardback edition
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“A beautifully written novel”

I loved Miss Austen and when I heard about this title, I knew I had to read it!
Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a proof early
I really enjoyed this novel, for its well written heroine Anne Sharp and... More

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