Miss Austen

Miss Austen

Whoever looked at an elderly lady and saw the young heroine she once was?

England, 1840. For the two decades following the death of her beloved sister, Jane, Cassandra Austen has lived alone, spending her days visiting friends and relations and quietly, purposefully working to preserve her sister’s reputation. Now in her sixties and increasingly frail, Cassandra goes to stay with the Fowles of Kintbury, family of her long-dead fiancé, in search of a trove of Jane’s letters. Dodging her hostess and a meddlesome housemaid, Cassandra eventually hunts down the letters and confronts the secrets they hold, secrets not only about Jane but about Cassandra herself. Will Cassandra bare the most private details of her life to the world, or commit her sister’s legacy to the flames?

Moving back and forth between the vicarage and Cassandra’s vibrant memories of her years with Jane, interwoven with Jane’s brilliantly reimagined lost letters, Miss Austen is the untold story of the most important person in Jane’s life. With extraordinary empathy, emotional complexity, and wit, Gill Hornby finally gives Cassandra her due, bringing to life a woman as captivating as any Austen heroine.

Title:Miss Austen
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250252203
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    Miss Austen Reviews

  • Katie Lumsden

    This was a beautiful study of grief and the position of women in early 19th century. It was very powerful, and despite a sceptical start, I adored this....

  • Elyse  Walters

    The minute I held the physical book ( gifted to me), in my hands, warm feelings filled my body. Most of my reading these days are either ebooks or to audio-books.Yet, if I go too long not touching, fe...

  • MarilynW

    Miss Austen is a historical fiction giving insight into the what and why of the letters that Jane Austen's sister Cassandra destroyed, during Cassandra's last years of life. As the story starts, Cassa...

  • Diane Barnes

    This novel is a must for Jane Austen fans. It gives her sister Cassandra her own due, fleshing out what little we know about their lives, and Cassandra's life after Jane's death. The plot hinges on Ca...

  • Vonda

    A fictionalized story about Cassandra Austen and her insight into Jane's life. This book was a highly enjoyable Saturday read. I devoured it. A lovely historical piece the writing flowed and had a won...

  • Roman Clodia

    Oh dear, I feel like I read a different book from all those enraptured reviewers in the blurb. I like the idea of writing Cassandra Austen's story, but actually found this a pale, and rather thinly-im...

  • Susan

    This historical novel looks at the life of ‘Miss Austen,’ but not, perhaps, the one you expect. For the title character is Cassandra Austen, sister of Jane, and protector of her legacy. It is Marc...

  • Lisa

    A low-key, satisfying novel about Jane Austen's sister Cassandra. The cover, an exquisite lilac, illustrates this book perfectly....

  • Louise Wilson

    Cassandra, the central character in this novel, is Jane Austen's beloved sister. Cassandra, now that she's getting older is concerned that the letters that were shared among the family will fall into ...

  • Girl with her Head in a Book

    For my full review: https://girlwithherheadinabook.co.uk/...When I spotted this book's title, I assumed that it was another novelisation of Jane Austen's life. Like most people, when I hear the words ...