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In The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, screenwriter, playwright, and British literature expert Syrie James imagines a hidden journal kept by Jane Austen from 1815 to 1817. This revealing narrative tells the poignant tale of the blossoming romance between Jane and a landed aristocrat. Such a love fills the 30-something Jane with hope for marriage and provides her with fodder for her finest writing.

©2008 Syrie James (P)2009 Recorded Books

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A Skillfully Woven, Compelling Tale!

Syrie James skillfully interweaves historical details of Jane Austen's life, aspects of her wit & wisdom, character & convictions, and details of her writings to create a most intriguing unveiling of her one "true love" -- cherished by Austen, but kept secret out of necessity. James most cleverly crafts a plot in which the events (revealed by this lost memoir) serve to inspire Austen to make key plot changes to several of her novels (as we now know & adore them) as she experiences deep emotional turmoil as well as intense joy and passion.

Stina Nielsen is a masterful narrator who beautifully manifests the voices of quite a few diverse characters. I lost myself in the storyline as I listened to the audio book because Nielsen so adeptly brings each character to life. To feel like I'm listening to an a conversation that actually could have taken place by or near Jane Austen is phenomenal!

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Should be a screenplay!

I truly enjoyed this book and the narrator's performance. It would have been a better version of "Becoming Jane" for me. Thank you, Syrie!

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Jane Austen

I loved this book. It felt so real. I want to read The Lost Manuscript of Jane Austen next.

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Wonderful story & narration

I read the many great reviews on the goodreads app and agree with them all. There are some naysayers. But I have to say that not only did I enjoy the book, but I felt as if I actually know Ms. Austen. I believe that was because the author seemed to capture her spirit and the narrator did an amazing job of bringing the writing to life.

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Prepare to weep...

This was a remarkable book, excellent narration, and so many thoughts going through my mind...

I believe that these manuscripts were found. I believe they are Jane Austen’s. I was so excited to hear the first chapter on how they came to be and was so upset on the last chapter, about information that upset regarding Jane Austen. If I told you it would be a spoiler and I hate that.

I recommend this book so highly I wished there had been more memoirs found by her. 5 ⭐️ plus

Thank you for finding these and giving us a glimpse into one of the most popular novelist from the 19th Century.