TV historian Lucy Worsley on Jane Austen at home
Brilliant historian Lucy Worsley continues her hugely popular tour feeding the nation’s need for information about Jane Austen, England’s favourite novelist.
Austen has long been top of the literary pops but her star has seldom shone as bright as it does in this 200th anniversary year of her sadly premature death.
She was just 41-years-old when she died in 1817 and though she never really found fame and fortune in her lifetime, she did leave six major novels which explored the position of women in society and the class system.
Books like Sense and Sensibility, pride and Prejudice, Emma and Mansfield Park with their groundbreaking use irony, realism and social commentary continue to impress and inspire.
TV historian Worsley will be at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire on Saturday (29th July) talking about her new biography Jane Austen at Home which takes a look at Jane’s life from the perspective of her bi-centenary and considers what her home-life meant to her.
It tells the Austen story through the rooms, spaces, possessions and places which mattered to her.
Dispelling the myth of the cynical, lonely spinster, she instead offers us a a witty and passionate woman of her time who refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.
Away from her television work Lucy Worsley is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces and the woman the Guardian called "the undisputed Queen of TV history." She is absolutely passionate about making history engaging to the widest possible audience.
Lucy Worsley - Jane Austen at Home is at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire on Saturday 29th July. More informatioin at www.ryedalefestival.com