Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. It's her 245th birthday!
Although she was acting in her and her family’s best interests, I see the loss of Jane Austen’s letters as one of the biggest travesties in the world of literature.
Her work speaks for herself, but I’m a JA fangirl, and if there’s one thing I love, it’s knowing what she was really thinking.
I found this book tucked away at The Open Book in Richmond while taking a lovely group on the London Bookshop Crawl back in February 2020.
Of course I haven’t read it yet, so this is a good chance to sit down and enjoy what letters do remain!
Fans of Jane Austen’s Emma, rejoice! Welcome to Box Hill! Sadly, I didn’t see anybody behaving badly.
I was surprised to learn how close I live to Box Hill – as in, it actually exists!? But imagine my delight upon ending my hike at the Box Hill & Westhumble train station, when I walked to see this lovely arch with a Blue Plaque (I LOVE Blue Plaques!), only to learn that Fanny Burney built a cottage and lived right here! Her house had a view of Box Hill!
Fanny Burney was a novelist . . . who was read by Jane Austen. Yay! Remember last week’s post from Dr. Johnson’s study? I had seen Dr. Burney’s Memoirs, that was Fanny Burney’s father, and it seems Dr. Johnson and Fanny Burney actually knew each other.
The only way I’m lockdown life is by hiking on weekends. I have to get out of the city, soak up some nature, be out of the house. It’s been tough without a car, so I think this winter I’m going to take driving lessons and get my UK license!
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