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Cora Harrison worked as a headteacher before she decided to write her first novel. She has since published twenty-six children’s novels. Cora lives on a farm near the Burren in the west of Ireland.
A delightful romp of a novel provides a charming, witty and fanciful period background to the life of Jane Austen. Observed and written as a ‘secret diary’ by Jane’s cousin and companion Jenny, the book charts the ups and downs of the girls’ love affairs, the dramas of balls and sociable outing in fashionable Bath as well as Jane’s own accounts which show how she might make use of all this material in her future classic novels. Cora Harrison is also the author of I was Jane Austen's Best Friend.
Rich in period detail and full of romance and fantasy, this is a delightful imaginary diary of Jenny Cooper which gives entertaining insights into what Jane Austen might have been like as a teenager. Jenny is the pretty, clever but shy cousin of the young Jane. The girls meet at a horrible boarding school but soon escape to the warmth of Jane’s family home where Jenny enjoys with Jane the bustling life of cards and games and gowns and balls and, above all, the delights of finding a hero.
It's 1924. Leaving their beloved Beech Grove Manor to go to London for the season, Poppy and Daisy Derrington know that they must shine as debutantes. Since a girl cannot inherit her father's estate, the sisters have to marry well or face being left penniless. But it's not money or marriage that interests them. It's music, cinema, literature, fashion, parties, love - everything that is shiny and new. Trapped by the dusty traditions of their class, Daisy and Poppy must choose between family duty and the bright lights of the roaring twenties . . .
THE ROMAN MYSTERIES meets Sherlock Holmes! Alfie and his gang are on a dangerous mission. Spying on a Russian secret agent, they must be quick, clever and totally invisible. It's a thrilling game, until the Russian is found murdered, and Alfie faces the greatest threat of his life . . . The sixth exciting adventure in the LONDON MURDER MYSTERIES series
THE ROMAN MYSTERIES meets Sherlock Holmes! Alfie knows who it is the moment he sees the body under the gas lamp. Joe the chimney sweep. No one else seems to care about the death of a poor boy, but Alfie has reason to believe that Joe was murdered. So he and his gang will risk their lives on the rooftops of London and brave the dark, dangerous world of the chimney sweeps, until they uncover the deadly truth. The fourth exciting adventure in the LONDON MURDER MYSTERIES series
Jane wants to meet a hero worthy of her extraordinary imagination: a gentleman who is dashing and daring and handsome and brave; who can dance like a viscount and duel like a king. Jane and Jenny are whiling away the season in Bath and there are plenty of dances, rumours and scandals to entertain them. But a good reputation, once lost, is gone forever; and Jane is in danger of becoming the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons...
I WAS JANE AUSTEN'S BEST FRIEND is the secret diary of Jenny Cooper, Jane Austen's teenage friend and confidante. Their evenings are a blur of beautiful dresses, balls, gossip and romance; their days are spent writing about them - Jenny in her diary, Jane in her first attempts at fiction. When Jenny falls utterly in love with a handsome naval officer, obstacles stand in their way. Who better to help her than Jane herself, who already considers herself an expert in love and relationships?
THE ROMAN MYSTERIES meets Sherlock Holmes! A scream rings out through the theatre. The man on stage is dead! Who killed him? Alfie has a few suspects in his sights. But when the spotlight turns on Alfie himself, the search for the murderer becomes a fight for his own survival. He and his gang must pick their way through a deadly web of revenge, jealousy and greed to unmask the true villain. The third exciting adventure in the LONDON MURDER MYSTERIES series.
Based on real events, I WAS JANE AUSTEN'S BEST FRIEND is the secret diary of Jenny Cooper, Jane Austen's teenage friend and confidante. Their evenings are a blur of beautiful dresses, balls, gossip and romance; their days are spent writing about them - Jenny in her diary, Jane in her first attempts at fiction. When Jenny falls utterly in love with a handsome naval officer, obstacles stand in their way. Who better to help her than Jane herself, who already considers herself an expert in love and relationships?