The Real Jane Austen: A Life In Small Things


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‘The perfect companion to the novels … Tremendous’

Joanna Trollope, Sunday Telegraph

Who was the real Jane Austen?

The Real Jane Austen: A Life In Small Things is an astonishing biography, in which Paula Bryne, the renowned Austen scholar, thwarts all attempts to tame Jane’s reputation into one of dreary respectability and we meet the more likely personality behind such novels as Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. Through her life and work, Jane emerges as deeply immersed in culture and politics, far ahead of her time in both her writerly ambition and desire for independence.

With new revelations, including Byrne’s discovery of a previously unknown contemporary portrait and the identity of Jane’s long-lost seaside love, this is a depiction of Austen that finally makes sense – an intelligent, subversive and thoroughly modern woman.

  • Paperback

  • 400 pages

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