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The Austen Girls

Written by Lucy Worsley

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The Austen Girls Review

Books of the Month Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Historical Fiction Star Books

A delightfully vivid story that effortlessly whirls readers into a very different, long-ago world

April 2020 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2020

Best-loved TV presenter Lucy Worsley’s version of the background to the author Jane Austen’s life is a delightfully vivid story that effortlessly whirls readers into a very different, long-ago world. There are balls and proposals, carriages and nurseries, rich and poor and even a scene in a debtors prison all of which frame the lives of the young girls who are Jane Austen’s nieces. What an extraordinary existence it is! The wise aunt Jane Austen is a great guide through all of this especially, as Lucy Worsley makes clear, it is one in which the young girls think their only ambition is to find a husband! Hugely good fun to read The Austen Girls is also packed-full of unforgettable historical details.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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The Austen Girls Synopsis

Would she ever find a real-life husband? Would she even find a partner to dance with at tonight's ball? She just didn't know.

Anna Austen has always been told she must marry rich. Her future depends upon it. While her dear cousin Fanny has a little more choice, she too is under pressure to find a suitor. But how can either girl know what she wants? Is finding love even an option?

The only person who seems to have answers is their Aunt Jane. She has never married. In fact, she's perfectly happy, so surely being single can't be such a bad thing? The time will come for each of the Austen girls to become the heroines of their own stories. Will they follow in Jane's footsteps? 

The Austen Girls Press Reviews

Praise for Lucy Worsley:

‘An excellent historical novelist for children.’ The Times’ Children’s Book of the Week

‘’She is a brilliant storyteller whose flair for drama soon lures you in...The result is another Tudor ‘soap opera’ of which any author should be proud.’ The Telegraph


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ISBN: 9781526605450
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526605450
Publication date: 2nd April 2020
Author: Lucy Worsley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction, Historical Fiction
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Star Books
Collections: Our favourite children's books of 2020,

About Lucy Worsley

Lucy Worsley is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that runs the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and other sites, which attract more than four million visitors a year. Lucy also presents history programmes for the BBC on topics including royal palaces and the court, such as Britain's Tudor Treasure with David Starkey. She had an exciting new project about Henry VIII and his court coming up on BBC One in 2016.

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