Miss Austen (Hardback)Gill Hornby (author)
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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.
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 529 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 37 mm
'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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