Miss Austen (Hardback)
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Miss Austen (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 23/01/2020
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Waterstones Says

Inspired by a real-life literary mystery, Hornby’s deft reimagining of the relationship between Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra feels wonderfully authentic and absorbing. Taking the strange burning of the great author’s letters as a tantalising jumping-off point, Miss Austen blends period charm and sustained narrative tension to spellbinding effect.

A wonderfully original, emotionally complex novel that delves into why Cassandra burned a treasure trove of letters written by her sister, Jane Austen - an act of destruction that has troubled academics for centuries.

1840: twenty three years after the death of her famous sister Jane, Cassandra Austen returns to the village of Kintbury, and the home of her family's friends, the Fowles.

She knows that, in some dusty corner of the sprawling vicarage, there is a cache of family letters which hold secrets she is desperate should not be revealed.

As Cassandra recalls her youth and her relationship with her brilliant yet complex sister, she pieces together buried truths about Jane's history, and her own. And she faces a stark choice: should she act to protect Jane's reputation? Or leave the contents of the letters to go unguarded into posterity.

Based on a literary mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics, Miss Austen is a wonderfully original and emotionally complex novel about the loves and lives of Cassandra and Jane Austen.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529123760
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 529 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Hornby's most effective feat is to tackle the problem of family memory' - The Saturday Times

Miss Austen is a novel of great kindness, often unexpectedly moving, with much to say about the status of “invisible” older women… you can’t help thinking Jane would have approved.’ - The Guardian

'So good, so intelligent, so clever, so entertaining - I adored it.' - Claire Tomalin

'This is a deeply imagined and deeply moving novel. Reading it made me happy and weepy in equally copious amounts.' - Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Bookclub

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“Cassandra, the other Miss Austen...”

Gill Hornby created a wonderfully researched and moving book which opens up a window in the lives of of the Austen sisters. After Jane Austen’s death, Cassandra burned much of their personal correspondence to keep the... More

Hardback edition
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“Let us take that path.”

This was a well researched novel focusing predominantly on the life of Cassandra Austen. As the keeper of Jane Austen’s legacy, we will discover so much more. With clear and emotional prose. We glance into the lives... More

Hardback edition
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“Worthy of its subject”

Totally delightful, this reads like a Jane Austen novel in parts but perfectly captures the characters of Cassandra and her beloved sister. I loved how we are given glimpses of why Cassandra destroyed so many of... More

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