Jane Austen: A Life – Claire Tomalin

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Jane Austen: A Life – Claire Tomalin


Austen’s novels depict a world of civility, reassuring stability and continuity. Claire Tomalin’s biography paints a surprisingly different picture of the Austen family and their Hampshire neighbours.

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Jane Austen is the definitive biography of one of Britain’s best-loved novelists, from the acclaimed author of Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled SelfCharles Dickens: A Life and The Invisible Woman

‘As near perfect a life of Austen as we are likely to get: intelligent, feeling, suggestive’ Carmen Callil, Daily Telegraph

‘Tomalin has written a biography that reflects Austen’s own exacting standards, a book that radiates intelligence, wit and insight’ Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

‘Of all the Austen biographies, this is the best … leaves the reader with a much deeper appreciation of the circumstances and motivation behind the creation of those six perfect novels’ Harpers & Queen

‘I cannot think that a better life of Jane Austen then Claire Tomalin’s will be written for many years.’ Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday

‘A perfect biography: detailed, witty, warm. Tomalin involves us so deeply that Austen’s final illness and death come almost as a personal tragedy to the reader’ Dirk Bogarde, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year


Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 200 × 129 × 24 mm

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