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From the bestselling author Paula Byrne (Perdita, Mad World) comes a completely fresh, exciting new biography of Jane Austen to mark the bicentenial anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. A real antidote to the traditional portrait of Austen as conventional and genteel, Byrne reveals the real woman behind the books. The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things explores the forces that shaped the life of this young novelist; from her father’s religious faith, her mother’s aristocratic pedigree, and the female novelists she admired, to her residence in Bath, her travels around England and her long struggle to become a published author. Byrne’s approach is clever and original: each chapter begins with an object that conjures up a key moment or theme in Austen’s life, giving a real sense of context.
Austen emerges as a far more independent, socially and politically aware person than often depicted. This lively and scholarly biography brings Austen dazzlingly into the twenty-first century, successfully tackling the burning question: who was the real Jane Austen?
In association with the Jane Austen Festival