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Jane Austen at Home

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Il mondo dei romanzi di Jane Austen è domestico, ordinato, intimo. I suoi personaggi abitano in villini deliziosi, residenze di campagna principesche ed eleganti palazzi cittadini. Si è tentati perciò di credere che anche la vita della grande scrittrice si sia svolta in ambienti analoghi. Nulla di più lontano dalla realtà. L’esistenza di Jane, in apparenza tanto tranquilla ...more
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by St. Martin's Press (first published May 18th 2017)
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Aly I read Tomalin's a few years ago, and I've liked reading this as a refresher on what I'd forgotten.

Not a ton of new info, but some, and Worley's…more
I read Tomalin's a few years ago, and I've liked reading this as a refresher on what I'd forgotten.

Not a ton of new info, but some, and Worley's voice is great.(less)

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Diane
I loved this biography of Jane Austen so much that while reading it I was bursting with enthusiasm and couldn't stop talking about it.

Historian Lucy Worlsey focused on Jane's experiences in her different homes and on how her novels treated life at home. I especially appreciated the details about Jane's relationship with her parents and siblings, the joy of when she got her first writing desk (which I was lucky enough to see on display at the British Library), and the details about how her work f
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abby
Jane Austen is a household name, and we know very little about her. Historian Lucy Worsley seeks to change that by focusing on the famous author's life at home-- and lack there of one. What emerges is a story of the precarious business of being a woman in Georgian England. Your home is wherever your male relations deem to keep you. And it was no different for Jane Austen. When her father retired, she lost rights to her beloved childhood home in Stevenson, and all of her possessions, including bo ...more
Tony Riches
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can say with some confidence that, after reading this book, you will never read Jane Austen’s works in quite the same way again. I also wonder if, like me, your mental picture of Jane Austen is a blend of the famous ‘portrait’ by her sister Cassandra and Anne Hathaway’s memorable portrayal in TV’s (historically inaccurate) ‘Becoming Jane’? If so, you must read this brilliant new work by Lucy Worsley.

Lucy’s lively style and relish in fascinating details shines new light on the real Jane Austen.
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Emma
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually a fan of biography but this was truly fascinating: an homage to the single woman. As with many people of genius, her work never really brought her fame or wealth during her lifetime ( she made about £600) over her lifetime). The historical context of her life, spanning the napoleonic war, the details of the bawdy rowdy Georgian years and sensibilities, the irony that Austen, creator of the modern romantic sensibility should herself never marry or find that kind of love, very much ...more
Teresa
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic read. I've read a few Jane Austen Biographies and some were a bit high brow and I had to trudge through others. It's all change with this one. The chapters were laid out clear and concisely. It started with her early days and went right through in order. As usual the chapter about her death is extremely sad but very well done. I thought I knew all there was to know about Jane but I picked up some new snippets here.
I was pulled into this book as soon as I started reading. I s
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Kristin Davison
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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the death of Austen, Worsley has come out with a lively biography that focuses on Austen’s homes (or lack of them). This angle gives an interesting insight into how Austen lived her life day to day and how much this influenced her work.
Worsley’s style of writing is clear, entertaining and easy to read, I flew through the book. The information that is presented is very well researched and gives a real idea of who Austen really was and what she looked like.
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Abi White
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a massive Janite, but am still Shocked that I have read a biography at such a pace. This really did "feel" more like a work of fiction, and managed to be fun despite doing nothing to gloss over the fact that being a poor unmarried "gentleman's daughter" sounds like my idea of hell.

I will certainly be seeking out Lucy Worsley's other books, and will be making a pilgrimage to some of the places described in such great detail.

I cried at the end. Does that count as a spoiler?
Damaskcat
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.

Lucy Worsley succeeds in presenting a three dimensional Jane Austen in this fascinating biography. She shows how the Austen family tried to sanitise the picture which was presented to the world after Jane's death but the evidence is still there if you choose to look for it. By reference to previous biographies, primary sources, the novels themselves and the juvenilia the author pieces together a very much more robust picture - warts and all.

It i
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Leslie
This is a meticulously researched bio of Jane Austen, warts and all. We follow Jane and her family from home to home, including schools, visits, vacations, assemblies, even occasional Inns. This is a book by a Janeite for Janeites. There were some points where I was reading about cousins and neighbors and wondering 'wait where is Jane in all this again?'

You really understand the 'genteel' poverty the Austen women suffered from after her father's death. And will marvel at how some relatives of me
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Galena Sanz
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando vi que este libro iba a salir a la venta supe que quería leerlo. ¿Conocéis esa sensación de cuando veis un libro e intuís que os va a gustar? Obviamente en este caso acerté, ha sido una lectura maravillosa.
He descubierto muchas cosas que no conocía de Jane Austen y aunque en Cartas ya había visto mucho de su vida, con este libro me he organizado mejor sobre quien era quien y qué posición ocupaban en su vida sus padres, sus hermanos, sus cuñada, sobrinas y pretendientes. La autora hace un
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Siria
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
This year is the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death, and Lucy Worsley's biography is an excellent memorial to her. The prose does at times get a bit affected, but this is overall a warm, clear-eyed look at the life of a pioneering author. Worsley is careful to avoid sensationalism—she neatly dismantles, for instance, the old canard that Tom Lefroy was the "real Mr. Darcy", the love of Austen's life who got away—or the temptation to assume that all of Austen's heroines are somehow copies of her, ...more
Tiffany
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher. I enjoyed Worsley's approach in explaining Jane Austen's life according to her residences. The enthusiasm and detail that shines through kept me engaged from page one through to the conclusion. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to gain insight into the life of Jane Austen-not just her works, but how she lived her day to day. I can also see this as a useful companion book to a class being taught about Jane Austen, particularl ...more
Andrea
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favs
Después de pasar unas cuantas semanas sumergida en la vida de Jane Austen me resulta muy difícil cerrar definitivamente esta admirable biografía. Esta especie de diario privado de alguien a quien quieres y ya no está aquí. No puedo decir otra cosa que: gracias, Lucy Worsley. Gracias por darnos a conocer "otra" Jane.
Nancy
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading Jane and about Jane for thirty-nine years. I found Jane Austen at Home to be revealing and thoughtful, expanding my understanding, and bringing Jane to life as a living, breathing woman. I so enjoyed every bit of Jane Austen at Home.

"Miss Austen's merits have long been established beyond a question: she is, emphatically, the novelist of home."Richard Bentley, publishing Jane Austen's novels in 1833

Worsley offers this quotation at the beginning of her Introduction. The search
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Eliza
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a little embarrassing to admit how much I cried at the end of this book -- especially since it's not like I didn't know how things would end! But I think my strong emotional reaction is a testament to how deeply Lucy Worsley draws you into Jane Austen's world. And despite my (many) tears during the last chapters, the vast majority of this book is enjoyable to read. I love how Worsley takes little things like furniture purchases and uses them to examine the day to day details of Jane Austen' ...more
Katie
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was nine years old I had to do a report at school on a “Famous Woman.” I picked Jane Austen. Naturally, our tiny school library had no biographies on Austen, so I grabbed a book on Queen Elizabeth I instead. The irony here is that I would develop a lifelong obsession with the Tudors—but after reading this book, I learned that Jane Austen deeply disliked Queen Bess. Oops!

What Lucy Worsley does with this book is truly astonishing. It’s meticulously researched, providing intricate details ab
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Angela Smith
I am an admirer of Lucy Worsley's history programs that she presents on television and her love of history is infectious. (Although I caught the bug for history at an early age) When this book came up for me to read and review I jumped at the chance because I wanted to see if her love of history transmitted as well to the written page. Jane Austen is a subject dear to my heart as well.

I have read several books about Jane Austen and her life as well as her letters to her sister Cassandra. While I
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Anina e gambette di pollo
Per la festa della mamma mi è stato regalato questo libro: una biografia di Jane Austen.

Non indaghiamo sul perché e il percome io abbia usurpato un festeggiamento che non mi compete.
Anche Jane non giocò mai il ruolo di mamma, ma fu per moltissimi “zia”.
E anche se non vi sono certezze, vari sospetti indicano che non ci teneva neppure a quel ruolo.
A lei piaceva leggere, indossare qualche bel vestito, suonare, danzare, mangiare bene e magari bere anche meglio. L’amore? Era soprattutto un rischio: n
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Amy
2.5 Stars
In some respects, this book was a worthy addition to the saturated world Jane Austen biographies. It centers around the idea of the importance of a home in Jane Austen's life and writing. I enjoyed the author's emphasis about the single - and married - women who impacted Jane Austen's life and the way they banded about her. This is particularly contrasted with her more erratic brothers' behavior.
Yet honestly, this book was a trudge to get through. I do not care for Lucy Worsley's style
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QNPoohBear
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it
A new biography focusing on the domestic life of Jane Austen by historian and curator Lucy Worsley. Lucy Worsley takes into consideration the most recent scholarship on Austen and draws conclusions from examining private papers to attempt to flesh out the mere facts known about Jane Austen's life.

While Lucy Worsley is a fun and engaging TV presenter, her writing style is a bit dry. This reads like a traditional biography and not one of her TV shows, unfortunately. Having read extensively about J
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Girl with her Head in a Book
For my full review: http://girlwithherheadinabook.co.uk/2...

Another day, another Jane Austen biography, this time coming from the undisputed high queen of BBC history documentaries, Lucy Worsley.  I had noticed this one being heavily trailed when I visited the Jane Austen House Museum - unsurprisingly, it also came with an accompanying television special.  Given Worsley's long-standing hobby of poking round old houses and talking about the lives of those who inhabited them, it makes sense that s
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Nick Imrie
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Worsley loves Jane Austen. It's very sweet to see her flare up, jumping into the text, not caring that she's got her authorial opinion all over the nice clean history. When Austen's ungrateful niece sneers at Austen for being less than a lady, Worsley leaps in to point out that the niece is prejudiced by her Victorian priggishness. When a nephew asserts that his aunt was certainly a lady who had no part in housework, Worsley stoutly defends the immense amount of work that the Austen women d ...more
Jaksen
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book for the die-hard Austen fan.

I read some sections, skimmed others, went back to re-read, and tbh, skipped parts here and there that just didn't interest me. Overall a rather meticulously-researched, diligently-written book on Austen that only adds to what we know, or think we know, about the author.

Dry in places, but many a book like this is. Heartily recommended for those who can't get enough of Jane.

I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway program, so as always, thank you, Good
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Mandy
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly readable and enjoyable account of Jane Austen and her world, with a well-judged balance of scholarship and anecdote. The tone is a little breathless at times, to be sure – but then it is Lucy Worsley and the occasional exclamation mark is to be expected. I’m not sure that we learn anything new here but it’s all presented in a fun and accessible way. Worsley is a populist historian and this is a populist book, but none the worse for that. I really enjoyed it, learnt quite a lot, and ...more
Sofía Aguerre
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me encariñé mucho y ahora estoy muy triste pero WORTH IT.
IzamaRi H. Fabela
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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Al escuchar el nombre de Jane Austen todos inmediatamente pensamos en Orgullo y prejuicio y el señor Darcy. Algunos lo harán pensando en el libro, otros más en la película o en la serie de 1995, pero todos sabemos algo acerca de esta autora nacida en 1775. En mi caso la conocí cuando tenía alrededor de 13 años pues en la secundaria nos hicieron leer uno de sus libros y vimos sobre su historia pero en realidad había muchas cosas que desconocía y que me
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Jaksen
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book the summer of 2017, but my review ended up in the wrong place. So here it is:

Good book for the die-hard Austen fan.

I read some sections, skimmed others, went back to re-read, and tbh, skipped parts here and there that just didn't interest me. Overall a rather meticulously-researched, diligently-written book on Austen that only adds to what we know, or think we know, about the author.

Dry in places, but many a book like this is. However, heartily recommended for those who can't g
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Rose
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
4.5 stars
I confess I'm a notorious page skipper of biographies. I pass the dry, boring bits and only read the "good parts". But, somewhat annoyingly, even when I wanted to skip pages in this book I. Just. Couldn't.

I was surprised by how emotionally invested in this I became. I felt stressed when Austen was forced out of her home, elated when she was published, nervous when she went to visit the king, and strangely bereaved when she died.

Do I really care about Jane Austen's neighbor's wife or her
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Nikki
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best biographical book on Jane Austen I have ever read. There are items of real interest in it, things I have never heard before. Lucy describes Jane’s life through the houses she inhabits, and gives real domestic insight into life in the Georgian age. Whilst she talks in depth about all of Jane’s novels, she also reveals to us Jane’s tiny novel written when she was young, were the chapters are all the sizes of tweets! I thought this was so clever to tell us Jane’s story in a modern ...more
Elizabeth Moffat
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit to having a bit of a tentative relationship with Jane Austen when I was younger. I studied her novel Mansfield Park for English Literature A Level here in the U.K. and didn't relish the process when I was doing it! However, it was only afterwards when I fell in love with Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility that I realised what a brilliant novel it actually was and it gave me a newfound respect for her writing. I now consider myself a devoted Jane Austen fan and was deli ...more
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I was born in Reading (not great, but it could have been Slough), studied Ancient and Modern History at New College, Oxford, and I've got a PhD in art history from the University of Sussex.

My first job after leaving college was at a crazy but wonderful historic house called Milton Manor in Oxfordshire. Here I would give guided tours, occasionally feed the llamas, and look for important pieces of p
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