October 2016

Welcome back to Chawton House Library Conversations. First launched on Sunday 8 March 2015 in celebration of International Women’s Day, our monthly podcast is a round up of news, events and highlights, helping you stay connected with Chawton House Library wherever you are.

This month, we meet Claire Harman, author of a new Charlotte Brontë biography published in this bicentenary year of Brontë’s birth. Claire talks about the experience of writing the book, and also of her time as a Visiting Fellow at Chawton House Library while finishing her Jane Austen biography: ‘probably the most pleasant three weeks I’ve ever spent anywhere!’

We also speak to Dr Ailsa Grant Ferguson about Dorothy Leigh’s A Mother’s Blessing (1616), the best-selling book by a woman in the Seventeenth Century. We also meet one of our recent volunteers from Romania, and talk with Angie Mclaren, Head Horseman, about the annual Fun Ride, along with hearing some of the very happy comments from riders on the day.

Look as you Listen:



This year’s fun ride was a great success

Dorothy Leigh’s text was the best-selling book by a woman in the seventeenth century

Claire Harman tells us about her latest literary biography