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Based on a literary mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics, Gill Hornby’s Miss Austen is a wonderfully original and emotionally complex novel about the loves and lives of Cassandra and Jane Austen.
The scenario? It’s 1840, twenty-three years after the death of her famous sister Jane, and Cassandra Austen returns to the village of Kintbury, and the home of her family’s friends, the Fowles. She knows that, in some dusty corner of the sprawling vicarage, there is a cache of family letters which hold secrets she is desperate should not be revealed. As Cassandra recalls her youth and her relationship with her brilliant yet complex sister, she pieces together buried truths about Jane’s history, and her own. And she faces a stark choice: should she act to protect Jane’s reputation? Or leave the contents of the letters to go unguarded into posterity …
Gill Hornby is the author of the novels The Hive and All Together Now, as well as The Story of Jane Austen, a biography of Austen for young readers. She lives in Kintbury with her husband, author Robert Harris and their four children.
On booking an online ticket via the Petworth Festival’s third-party booking site Ticketsolve (https://petworthfestival.ticketsolve.com/shows), you will be sent a link in your confirmation email which will take you to the online event. Events may either be watched ‘live’, as they happen, or from 24 hours after the event time in the brochure. Please note, it is not possible to pause or rewind events being watched live. Tickets are valid for one viewing only, either of the live streamed event or the recording. Events will be available to view online via the website until midnight on Sunday 28 November. Online viewing tickets may be purchased until this date.
**FESTIVAL ONLINE PASS
All online events £45. The full Festival Online Pass is like a season ticket and can only be used by the holder. The full Festival Pass holder will receive a link which will take them to a page where they can view each individual online event once (either ‘live’ or recorded).