The official illustrated companion to ITV's Sanditon, Jane Austen's final incomplete novel airing on primetime TV this Autumn
This Autumn, Jane Austen's final incomplete novel Sanditon will be brought to a primetime television audience on ITV for the very first time by Emmy and BAFTA-Award winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (War & Peace, Mr Selfridge, Les Miserables, Pride and Prejudice).
Written only months before Austen's death in 1817, Sanditon tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming Sidney Parker. When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to the would-be coastal resort of the eponymous title, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make, and the characters whose fortunes depend on its commercial success. The twists and turns of the plot, which takes viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London, exposes the hidden agendas of each character and sees Charlotte discover herself... and ultimately find love.
This, the official companion to the ITV, Red Planet and Masterpiece series contains everything a fan could want to know. It explores the world Austen created, along with fascinating insights about the period and the real-life heartbreak behind her final story. And it offers location guides, behind the scenes details, and interviews with the cast, alongside beautiful illustrations and set photography.
Sara Sheridan was born in Edinburgh and studied at Trinity College, Dublin. As well as writing the popular Mirabelle Bevan Murder Mysteries, she also writes a set of historical novels set between 1820 and 1845, one of which was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Award 2017. Fascinated particularly by female history, she is a cultural commentator who appears regularly on television and radio. She also writes commercial non-fiction, including the 2017 tie-in book for the ITV series Victoria and, in 2018, an imagined female atlas of Scotland.
Sara tweets about her writing life as @sarasheridan and has a Facebook page at @sarasheridanwriter.