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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Pen Press Publishers (14 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904754937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904754930
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,347,745 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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Irresistible! -- You Magazine

One of the more seamless transitions from Austen's uncompleted novel; this completion is particularly gratifying -- The Republic of Pemberley, Australia

True to the work of Jane Austen... the story is gentle and it provides a very enjoyable reading experience -- The Jane Austen Society, UK

We enjoyed it and are selling it! -- The Jane Austen House Museum, Winchester UK

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Jane Austen, England's first major female novelist, wrote and set her novels during the Regency period, when George III was too mad, and his son the Prince, who admired Austen's novels, too young to rule the country. Her six novels are best loved for their irony and perfection of form.Jane Austen perfected the English novel of the previous century in much the same way that Henry James perfected the Victorian novel. She never married and died in 1817 at age 41. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HL on 27 Jun 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the two best Austen continuations I've read, the other being the Sanditon completion by Marie Dobbs.
The Watsons was a fragment written by Austen in her younger days, and abandoned after several chapters. It tells the story of Emma Watson (which Coates changes to Emily, to distinguish from Austen's famous Emma), a young girl who has lived with her aunt since she was 5 years old. Upon her aunt's re-marriage after her father's death and move to Ireland, she is obliged to return to her rather impoverished family, consisting of 3 sisters and 2 brothers, and an ailing father. Complications are added to the plot by the attentions bestowed on Emily by Lord Osborne, an awkward young man, and his tutor, the gentlemanlike Mr. Howard.
Coates' language is excellent, highly reminiscent of Austen's prose- a rare thing in Austen sequels. While he does not keep exactly true to the fragment, changing some characters such as Penelope, Emily's sister, his reasons for any changes he makes are plausible, and do not appear like an unnecessary change. Indeed, they are more like slight revisions than changes, to prevent the characters from resembling other Austen characters in her completed novels. Austen herself probably would have similarly revised the piece had she completed it.
Coates writes a good, plausible plot, and keeps true to Austen's sketch of the characters where he must, while changing or developing the characters where he can in a proficient manner. My only complaint is that while he re-creates Penelope to make her an appealing character, he then turns around and gives her center stage, neglecting Emily's relationship with Mr. Howard in favor of Penelope, and Emily's relation to Lord Osborne. Indeed, Coates himself is aware that he did not do Mr. Howard justice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diana E Forrest on 1 Jun 2005
Format: Paperback
Continues the story of unmarried sisters and changes of fortune begun by Austen. By retaining the period mood and the shrewd eye, Williams achieves a smooth transition towards a convincing end for this story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read many versions of The Watson's and this is by far the best! What an uncanny sense of humour! I would never have thought it was written by a man...it is completely within Jane Austen's style!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Dawson on 5 Aug 2014
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I bought this, thinking it was just Jane Austen's unfinished novel. I was not interested in the continuation so did not finish the book. From what I read, the continuation is okay, compared to some Austen-esque adaptions. The adapter is clearly knowledgeable of Austen's intention for the novel and other references made by her family. It was clear, however, when Austen's work ended and the modern adaption began. It had the common failings of historical fiction: trying to let us know too much historical information. Austen is notible for how self-contained her novels are, with their very slim references to the political context of her time. The sudden appearance of reference to contemporary figures, and the characters claiming to know them, switched off my attention.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rebecca davis on 7 April 2013
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I am a great jane Austen fan and have read all her novels and have just recently come across her unfinished works, I read the unfinished the Watson's first then searched for finished novels, I have thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar 2006
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I´ve never written a review, but I HAD to review this book--it is just awesome. Like many Janeites, I wish she would have left us with many, many more novels than she did, and have been yearning for books that take off on or complete her work while emulating her style. There are plenty of books out there attempting this, but I have found most of them disappointing. Well, not this one. As another reviewer remarked, it is difficult to tell where Austen´s original manuscript ends and the new material starts--the author has done a magnificent job adopting both Austen´s language and her style of setting and advancing plot, her ability to sketch character, her subtle humour, etc. I just loved this book, and only wished it would have been three times as long (as it was, I read it in one sitting). Highly, highly recommended!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angela on 2 Jun 2005
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I have got an advance copy and think it's brilliant! It was hard to tell where Austen ends and Williams takes over because their language is very similar. I liked Emma and laughed a lot at her greedy sisters and the awful Tom Musgrave, who thinks he is God's gift to women. It made me think what it would have been like to be a young woman in Emma's situation, who is abandoned by her adopted mother and sent back to a family who seem to resent her, with no money and no job. It is a light-hearted book though, and well worth reading.
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