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On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the world in which our best-loved novelist lived. This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms; in fact her life 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.

©2017 Lucy Worsley (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Very informative

Definitely worth a listen for anyone who wants to know more about Jane Austen. The author emphasizes that the Austen family was very careful to create and nurture the image of Jane as a refined lady, and to preserve that image, much of her personal writing (letters, any personal writing such as diaries, etc) were destroyed. So much of this biography is about Austen family members, andhere are a LOT of people to keep track of. I liked that the author noted the people, places, and occurrences in Jane's life that she used in her stories. The narration was beautiful.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 05-27-17

Outstanding!

I have loved Jane Austen since my early teens and thought I knew all about her. However this charming, erudite and hugely sympathetic biography gives me a rather different view of what was obviously, her rather difficult and constantly financially anxious life. It has a wonderful sense of period, full of fascinating small details, which bring so much of it beautifully to life - and through it all, runs Jane's gentle, funny and ironic voice. Beautifully written and wonderful.y read - I think that I will listen to it again, now - I'm not sure that I am quite ready to leave her behind, just yet!

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  • Reginald pelle
  • 09-16-17

Incredible!

Incredible, exciting and insightful at the same time. Enjoyed every moment and chapter of Jane's history, like it was going through a time machine. Worth the read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-17

from an amateur austener (?)

I liked it.

The overall flow was good, I learned a lot and encouraged me to start reading Jane's books.

Of the audio: the narration was also very nice, but I found the occasional acted-out parts to be annoyingly exaggerated and unauthentic.

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  • Mrs. Linda Gleave
  • 06-03-17

Jane Austen at home

Really enjoyed this book and hearing about life as a Georgian woman in the social class Jane Austen moved around in, being a spinster in those days and how this may have coloured her stories. Brilliantly read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-17

A must for Austen fans!

Really enjoyed this book. Added so much to knowledge of Jane Austen and he.r novels. Lucy worsluey's voice came over strongly _ would have only been bettered if she had read it herself.

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  • 07-14-17

Enjoyable

I haven't read any other Austen biographies to compare it to, but I found it very enjoyable.

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  • Sally
  • 07-20-17

love this book!

absolutely love this book from my favorite historian Dr Lucy Worsley! I hope I will be able to read/listen to more books from her in the future!

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