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Why Jane Austen was not the lonely, cynical spinster of literary myth

By: stagedoorscribbler - April 9, 2018

Lucy Worsley

Like the tenacious historian that she is Dr Lucy Worsley has really warmed to her task of revising the nation’s opinion of one of our most famous novelists.   

 Poor Jane Austen has been misunderstood by fans and casual observers alike. Even though millions love her books Jane is often thought as a cynical, lonely spinster.

Now, 200 years on from her birth, Lucy takes a new look at Jane, with a biography that  examines her life by considering what home meant to the author. It tells Jane’s story through the rooms, spaces, possessions and places that mattered to her. 

The person that emerges frim Lucy’s book Jane Austin at Home and its associated talks is a witty and passionate woman of her time, what’s more she is a woman who refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.    

Lucy Worsley is a hugely popular writer, broadcaster and speaker, best known for her TV work . She is also Chief Curator at the Royal Households.You can see her on Thursday 12th  April presenting Jane Austen at Home at the Regent Centre in Christchurch, Dorset. Further info at  

More dates will follow. Just check details on the What’s on pages of this website.