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Sanditon: Continued and Completed by Another Lady Paperback – 11 Aug 1997

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin; New edition edition (11 Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749324295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749324292
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature.

Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16th December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath and then to Chawton in Hampshire. She wrote from a young age and Pride and Prejudice was begun when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions. It was initially rejected by the published she submitted it too and eventually published in 1813 after much revision.

All four of her novels - Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815) published in her lifetime were published anonymously. Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both 1817) were published posthumously.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philippa N on 31 Aug. 2002
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I throughly enjoyed this continuation of Jane Austen's unfinished Sandition. Charlotte is a mixture of Austen's Elizabeth Bennet and Catherine Morland character and a delight to follow through the novel. Sidney Parker becomes the dashing and adventurous hero. The main match coming to an understanding in the last few pages, added to the twists, make it a brilliant read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen on 27 Feb. 2009
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I enjoyed immensely this completion of Austen's Sanditon - so far the best "completion" I've seen. It manages not to jar at all, it seems thoroughly authentic, such a change from all those others I've read so far in her style, either completions of her work or sequels etc. Not that I've read very many as yet...
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In early 1817 Jane Austen began writing a story called ‘Sanditon’. She was only able to work on it for around 7 weeks before her health deteriorated to such an extent that she had to abandon it. She died around 4 months later, bequeathing the unfinished manuscript to her neice, Anna Austen Lefroy. There are a number of continuations of the book (there’s a list on Wikipedia) but the reason I chose to read this one, written in 1975, was because I saw a recommendation on a blog (if I recall correctly, it was The Bookrat) saying that they hadn’t noticed the join between Austen’s words and the completion. I thought I’d go into it without knowing where the join took place either.

A confusion in address and a carriage accident leads to the introduction of Mr Tom Parker and his wife Mary to the Heywood family. Mr Parker injures his ankle and being friendly people, Mr Heywood invites the Parkers to stay until the ankle injury has healed. Mr and Mrs Parker wish to return the civility by inviting the Heywood family to stay with them at their home in the seaside resort of Sanditon. The Heywoods won’t agree to all go, but eldest daughter Charlotte, who in her early 20s, sets off for Sanditon with the Parkers. Mr Parker’s favourite subject is Sanditon, which he has invested in and hopes to see become a fashionable resort. He is a little ridiculous in his fulsome praise of the place, stating that it can cure every ailment:

‘The sea air and sea bathing together were nearly infallible, one or the other of them being a match for every disorder of the stomach, the lungs or the blood. They were anti-spasmodic, anti-pulmonary, anti-septic, anti-bilious and anti-rheumatic.’

Charlotte is introduced to the society in Sanditon, who are a very interesting selection of people.
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It's worth reading, if only as a curiosity for JA fans. It's a tribute to Another Lady that the transition isn't obvious between the initial genuine material and the modern continuation. Four stars is a good review for me - and no JA pastiche is ever likely to do better. This one does fairly well, but you feel a diminuition in the quality/plausibility as the plot unfolds.

But a d**n good effort!
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By Ann morton on 2 April 2014
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As a lover of Jane Austin's all too few works it was really good to have the Sandititon fragment completed so well that the join was not visible until you read the notes at the back
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To find the only Austen novel that I hadn't read was even better when I found it available and at such a competitive price. It arrived promptly and was in amazing condition.
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