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Author: Natalie Jenner Narrator: Richard Armitage Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2020 ISBN: 9781250752185
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"Fans of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will adore The Jane Austen Society… A charming and memorable debut, which reminds us of the universal language of literature and the power of books to unite and heal." —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

This program includes a bonus conversation between the author and Kathleen A. Flynn, author of The Jane Austen Project.

Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England's finest novelists. Now it's home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen's legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen's home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.

A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both large and small, and the universal humanity in us all, Natalie Jenner's The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with listeners for years to come.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

"Just like a story written by Austen herself, Jenner's first novel is brimming with charming moments, endearing characters, and nuanced relationships, all largely set within and reflecting the often intrusive atmosphere of a small country community...The pleasures are many in this clever tribute to the beloved and endlessly influential Austen and the English village tale.” -- Booklist, starred review

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will fall in love! A wonderful book, a wonderful read.”

    Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Natalie Jenner’s lovely debut novel, The Jane Austen Society, is a charming, yet bittersweet tale about the power of literature…to heal and elevate the human spirit in the aftermath of World War II.”

    Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Jane Austen Society is a joyous novel. Written beautifully from the first sentence to the last, Natalie Jenner casts a spell that will have you falling in love with each of her lovingly-drawn characters.”

    Kim van Alkemade, New York Times bestselling author

  • “I can’t remember the last time I was so utterly charmed by a novel as I am with The Jane Austen Society…I just love this book!”

    Ann Hood, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

Natalie Jenner was born in England and emigrated to Canada as a young child. She graduated from the University of Toronto with consecutive degrees in English Literature and Law. Following a brief career as a corporate lawyer, Natalie worked as a recruiter, career coach, and consultant to leading law firms in Canada for over twenty years. She founded the independent bookstore Archetype Books in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs.

About the Narrator

Richard Armitage, Earphones Awardwinning narrator, won the 2018 Audie Award for Best Narration of an Original Work for David Hewson’s novel Romeo and Juliet. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has had movie roles in The Hobbit and is also known for his appearances in the television series Spooks, The Vicar of Dibley, Robin Hood, and North and South. His theater credits include The Duchess of Malfi and Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also featured on BBC Radio 4’s The Ted Hughes Letters.