Jane Austen

Jane Austen : A Life

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The great novels of Jane Austen picture a world of civility and reassuring stability. Was this the world she lived in? Not quite, as this fascinating biography shows.The family into which the writer was born were meritocrats struggling in the competitive society of George 3rd. From local archives Claire Tomalin has also reconstructed the lives of her Hampshire neighbours. And there are many surprises too about the writer who deemed herself to be "formidable". A bestseller in hardcover, this was widely acclaimed as the definitive biography of Jane Austen. "An authoritative, graceful, succinct account...which brilliantly illuminates the elusive Jane" Victoria Glendinning "A perfect biography: detailed, witty, warm" Dirk Bogarde
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 126 x 190 x 30mm | 299.37g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0140251774
  • 9780140251777

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Claire Tomalin was literary editor of the NEW STATESMAN and SUNDAY TIMES. Her two previous books (both in Penguin) were the highly acclaimed and award-winning THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (about Dickens' mistress) and MRS JORDAN'S PROFESSION.She is married to Michael Frayn and lives in Camden Town, north London.
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