Monday 1st February 2021


7.00pm – 8.30pm GMT

“Sweet, smart escapism.”  —People Magazine

“Anyone seeking an antidote to contemporary chaos will find a welcome respite.”  —The Washington Post

“Utterly and wonderfully charming…”  —Indie Next Great Read

In May 2020, Natalie Jenner spoke about Chawton House as an inspiration for her debut novel, The Jane Austen Society as part of our Lockdown Literary Festival. This February, as the paperback is released in the UK, we welcome her back to discuss the success of this bestselling novel – a fictional telling of the start of the Jane Austen Society in the 1940s – and her future writing plans, including special advance information on her follow-up novel to The Jane Austen Society, which again has an interesting connection to Chawton House.

Natalie Jenner was born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, legal recruiter, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner of Archetype Books in Oakville, Ontario. The Jane Austen Society is her first published novel and is available now from St. Martin’s Press in North America and Orion Books in the UK/Commonwealth, with translation rights sold in Portugal, France, Romania, Italy, Brazil, Greece, Czechoslovakia, Croatia, South Korea, Serbia, Estonia, Slovenia, Russia, Poland, Germany, Finland, Lithuania and Spain. To find out more, visit Natalie’s website.

Tickets £5, available here. Tickets also include a PDF of Natalie Jenner’s specially commissioned artist’s map of the village of Chawton.

This is an online event. Ticket holders will be emailed links to access the interview with Chief Executive Katie Childs on YouTube, the live Q&A on Zoom straight afterwards, and map of Chawton. The interview, pre-recorded to ensure quality, will premier on YouTube at 7pm but will be available to watch for those with the link afterwards.