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Jane Austen at Home: A Biography (Paperback)
  • Jane Austen at Home: A Biography (Paperback)

Jane Austen at Home: A Biography (Paperback)

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Paperback 496 Pages
Published: 19/04/2018
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Characteristically spirited, Jane Austen at Home is an innovative and evocative exploration of Austen’s places that breathes life into a literary legend.

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 my kind of history: carefully researched but so vivid that you are convinced Lucy Worsley was actually there at the party - or the parsonage.' - Antonia Fraser

Popular historian, author and television presenter, Lucy Worsley made her name bringing history to life through popular BBC history programmes including If Walls Could Talk which was later made into a bestselling accompanying volume. Her other books include A Very British Murder, Cavalier, Courtiers and Jane Austen at Home. She has also published the children’s books Eliza Rose and My Name is Victoria.

Browse our range of Jane Austen books and find out more about the author's life and works.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781473632202
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 34 mm


'Jane Austen at Home offers a fascinating look at Jane Austen's world through the lens of the homes in which she lived and worked throughout her life. The result is a refreshingly unique perspective on Austen and her work and a beautifully nuanced exploration of gender, creativity, and domesticity.' - Amanda Foreman 

'A vivid portrait of Jane Austen. A must for any Austenite.' - Red 

'Brilliant and very moving, this book is a fascinating and original exploration of Jane Austen with lots of new material - Worsley brings Austen to life superbly, through her pages she is a flesh and blood woman, intelligent, powerful, contradictory, loving, loved. A magnificent book.' - Kate Williams

'This is my kind of history: carefully researched but so vivid that you are convinced Lucy Worsley was actually there at the party - or the parsonage.' - Antonia Fraser 

'Rarely, if ever, will you encounter a historian so in command of their material. Truly, this is a dazzling exercise in persuasion, written with sense and sensibility'. - Saturday Express

'A deep, prolifically researched dive into the houses, vacation homes, and schools where the author spent her life.' - Vogue

'Worsley offers us much that Austen's admirers wish to know... [she] is entirely convincing.' - New York Times 

'An interesting portrait of Georgian and Regency material culture. There's much intriguing historical detail.' - Literary Review 

'A sprightly new take on Austen's life.' - Mail on Sunday

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“Simply stunning”

Lucy Worsley is a fantastic presenter, historian & writer. She has guided us through many a century with tales of love, murder, scandal & mystery with a talent that not many other people can pull off.

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“A super book, readable yet with solid sources”

“The perfect marriage of author and subject” it declares on the cover of my proof copy of this book, and I think that it is in this instance correct. Worsley covers this subject so well, in such detail, in such a... More

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Worth a read to find out about the life of one of the most famous authors to ever exist. Jane Austen's life was nothing like how I thought it would be, and she hated the rules and expectancies of society and... More

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