The Real Jane Austen

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0120130114

Examining the forces that shaped the interior life of Britain's most beloved novelist.

Written by Paula Byrne.

Reader - Emma Fielding

In this new biography, best-selling author Paula Byrne explores the forces that shaped the interior life of Jane Austen, Britain's most beloved novelist: her father's religious faith, her other brothers' naval and military experiences, her relatives in the East and West Indies, her cousin who lived through the trauma of the French Revolution, her residence in Bath, her love of the seaside, her travels around England and her long struggle to become a published author.

The woman who emerges in this biography is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern than the conventional picture of 'dear Aunt Jane' would allow.

28th January is the bicentenary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice.

Abridged by Elizabeth Reeder.

Produced by Allegra McIlroy.

0220130115

Her aunt's travels in India and a cousin who witnessed close-up the French Revolution.

Written by Paula Byrne.

Reader TBC

In this new biography, best-selling author Paula Byrne explores the forces that shaped the interior life of Jane Austen, Britain's most beloved novelist. Today, the influence upon her of her aunt's journey to the East Indies and the cousin who lived through the trauma of the French Revolution.

The woman who emerges in this biography is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern than the conventional picture of 'dear Aunt Jane' would allow.

Abridged by Elizabeth Reeder.

Produced by Allegra McIlroy.

0320130116

Popular unrest and food riots, and her brother's military career.

Written by Paula Byrne.

Reader Emma Fielding

To mark this month's bicentenary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice, this new biography examines the forces that shaped the interior life of Jane Austen. Today, popular unrest and food riots, and her brother's military career.

Abridged by Elizabeth Reeder.

Produced by Allegra McIlroy.

0420130117

Written by Paula Byrne.

Reader - Emma Fielding

To mark this month's bicentenary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice, this new biography examines the forces that shaped the interior life of Jane Austen. The woman who emerges is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern than the conventional picture of 'dear Aunt Jane' would allow.

Today, 'The Marriage Banns' uncover Jane's youthful flirtations and dalliances and a hastily retracted marriage acceptance.

Abridged by Elizabeth Reeder.

Produced by Allegra McIlroy.

Flirtations and dalliances and a hastily-retracted marriage acceptance.

Today, flirtations and dalliances and a hastily retracted marriage acceptance.

05 LAST20130118

The only known picture of Jane: a watercolour painted by her beloved sister Cassandra.

Written by Paula Byrne.

Reader Emma Fielding

To mark this month's bicentenary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice, this new biography examines the forces that shaped the interior life of Jane Austen. The woman who emerges is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern than the conventional picture of 'dear Aunt Jane' would allow.

Today, a pair of topaz crosses - given as a gift to Jane and her sister Cassandra from their sailor brother Charles - find their way into her fiction, and the only known picture of Jane, a watercolour painted by her beloved sister, reveals the enduring intimacy of their relationship.

Abridged by Elizabeth Reeder.

Produced by Allegra McIlroy.