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A Memoir of Jane Austen & Other Family Recollections:


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Read: 15 February – 16 February, 2018.

Jane Austen has been a favourite author of mine for years now. I remember it being a warm summer’s day and I randomly decided to pick up Pride & Prejudice. It was the first classic I voluntarily read, and I was worried I wouldn’t understand or appreciate it. I mean, after all, it is a highly esteemed read. In hindsight, I had absolutely nothing to worry about. I flew through it, reading it in only three days. I was completely besotted by it. It sparked my passion for nineteenth century literature and, for that reason, both Jane Austen and Pride & Prejudice will always hold a special place in my heart.

Despite Jane being a favourite author of mine, I have neglected to read any non-fiction on her. I watched Lucy Worsley’s Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors, but that’s about it. I sought to rectify this by reading James Edward Austen-Leigh’s A Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family Recollections. I want to avoid all biographies until I’ve finished reading the entirety of Jane’s novels. I’ve found biographies tend to spoil the novels in full, which I wish to avoid. I thought this memoir, predominantly written by her nephew James with two short pieces by Henry Austen and Caroline Austen, would be the best place to start.

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A Very Northern Literary Tour:

The North is home to many literary museums, and thankfully most of them belonged to my favourite authors. Just like my Literary Tour of the Lakes and My Very Southern Literary Tour, I’ll be discussing what each house has to offer and whether they’re worth your money. I’ll be starting off with three of my favourite houses up here in the North. Each of these are full to the brim of history and are each enchanting in their own way.

If you’re to visit any literary museums, make sure it’s one of these:

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