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Jane Austen

Carol Shields

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

Bestselling novelist with an enormous critical reputation takes on one of the most popular and enduring English novelists of all.

The prizewinning novelist Carol Shields, whose novels have themselves been compared to the works of Jane Austen, gives us a beautifully written, perceptive look at the life of one of the finest and most popular English novelists of all time. Jane Austen spent the first 25 years of her life in Steventon and the last eight in nearby Chawton, and did most of her writing in these two places. She never married although many of her novels are about marriage, and always lived with her parents and sister Cassandra. Whilst not unaware of the larger political and social goings-on at the time, she chose a small canvas for her novels, preferring to focus on the family as a microcosm through which to explore human nature. Carol Shields has written a wonderfully observant and revealing biography of this remarkable writer whose characters are as alive today in their longings as they were two hundred years ago, when Jane Austen first gave them breath. 'An excellent biography' Mail on Sunday

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