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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lucy Worsley Narrator: Ruth Redman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2017 ISBN: 9781427292414
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Take a trip back to Jane Austen’s world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen’s childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses—both grand and small—of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life. In places like Steventon Parsonage, Godmersham Park, Chawton House, and a small rented house in Winchester, Worsley discovers a Jane Austen very different from the one who famously lived a “life without incident.”

Worsley examines the rooms, spaces, and possessions that mattered to her and the varying ways in which homes are used in her novels as both places of pleasure and as prisons. She shows readers a passionate Jane Austen who fought for her freedom, a woman who had at least five marriage prospects, but—in the end—a woman who refused to settle for anything less than Mr. Darcy.

Lucy Worsley’s Jane Austen at Home is a richly entertaining and illuminating new book about one of the world’s favorite novelists and one of the subjects she returned to over and over in her unforgettable novels: home.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A refreshingly unique perspective on Austen and her work and a beautifully nuanced exploration of gender, creativity, and domesticity.”

    Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A BBC presenter ebulliently describes Austen’s many homes and residences—and suitors!—and speculates on her motives and emotions. Worsley’s thesis, convincing in the end, is that the thread that runs through Austen’s novels is a longing for a safe haven, a place of her own.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Worsley writes with a historian’s acumen and a Janeite’s passion…Worsley’s examination of manuscripts will make new material accessible to scholars unable to visit the British Library, Hampshire Archives, Kent History and Library Centre, or the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “In a biography as brightly entertaining as it is erudite, the author offers a richly detailed portrait of Austen, her various homes, and her social context…[She] takes a wry, sometimes-irreverent perspective, grounded in a deep knowledge of Austen’s fiction…A charming, well-researched journey.”

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About the Author

Lucy Worsley, PhD, is a historian, author, curator, and television presenter. She read ancient and modern history at New College, Oxford, and worked for English Heritage before becoming chief curator of historic royal palaces, based at Hampton Court. She also presents history programs for the BBC. Her bestselling books include A Very British Murder: The Curious Story of how Crime Was Turned into Art, If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home, and Courtiers: the Secret History of the Georgian Court, and Cavalier: The Story of a 17th-Century Playboy.

About the Narrator

Ruth Redman is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.