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Miss Austen

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The Sunday Times bestselling novel, set to be a major TV drama series!

'So good, so
intelligent, so clever, so entertaining - I adored it.' Claire Tomalin
'You can't help feeling that
Jane would have approved.' Observer
Celebrates unexamined lives, sisterhood and virtues such as kindness and loyalty' Sunday Times

Throughout her lifetime, Jane Austen wrote countless letters to her sister. But why did Cassandra burn them all?

1840: twenty three years after the death of her famous sister Jane, Cassandra Austen returns to the village of Kintbury, and the home of her family's friends, the Fowles.

She knows that, in some dusty corner of the sprawling vicarage, there is a cache of family letters which hold secrets she can never allow to be revealed.

As Cassandra recalls her youth and her relationship with her brilliant yet complex sister, she pieces together buried truths about Jane's history, and her own. And she faces a stark choice: should she act to protect Jane's reputation, or leave the contents of the letters to go unguarded into posterity?

Based on a literary mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics, Miss Austen is a wonderfully original and emotionally complex novel about the loves and lives of Cassandra and Jane Austen.

perfect book to wrap yourself around on a dark night' Stylist
'This is a
deeply imagined and deeply moving novel' KAREN JOY FOWLER, author of The Jane Austen Bookclub
a delight, one of those that you don't want to end.' RTE
charming novel' Sunday Mirror
'Hornby brings to life the Austen family, using the known to speculate on what might have been.' The Times Audio Book of the Week
Extraordinary and heart-wrenching.' Lara Prescott
'Gill Hornby
ingeniously imagines what Cassandra Austen's own life might have been like.' DEIRDRE LE FAYE, editor of Jane Austen's Letters
Tender and touching' Daily Mail
absorbing.' Artemis Cooper
Delightful.' Sue Ryan, founder of Henley Lit Fest

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Hornby’s gift to the world of Austen lovers is to return to Cassandra her rightful recognition as Jane’s most intimate and sustaining relationship, her greatest love. This is a deeply imagined and deeply moving novel. Reading it made me happy and weepy in equally copious amounts." - Karen Joy Fowler

"Fans of Austen will rejoice in the chance to enter this fictional world and spend time with the extended Austen family as Cassandra and Jane navigate the demands of her genius and temperament in the face of the many pressures single women have endured throughout history." - Natalie Jenner

"A joy from the prologue to the author’s note. Rich in historical detail, family lore, and heart, Miss Austen will wow Janeites and enchant the uninitiated. Upon her sister’s death, Cassandra claimed that she was ‘the sun of my life.’ Now we know why." - Laurel Ann Nattress

"Extraordinary and heart-wrenching, Miss Austen transported me from page one. A remarkable novel that is wholly original, deeply moving, and emotionally complex. A gift to all Austen lovers." - Lara Prescott

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