Gill Hornby - Miss Austen

In conversation with Claire Armitstead

Gill Hornby - Miss Austen

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Tuesday 2 November, 2021

St Mary's Church, Petworth, GU28 0AD

11.30am - 12.30pm

Adults £10 / 18 and under £5 / Online £5


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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.

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