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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (30 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781592640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781592649
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 1.5 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sue Wilkes was born in Lancashire; she has lived in Cheshire since 1981. Sue read Physics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is a member of the Society of Authors.

Sue's first book 'Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives' (History Press, 2008) recreates everyday life for working families in Victorian Lancashire during the Industrial Revolution. Her second book,'Regency Cheshire' (Robert Hale, 2009), tells the story of county life during the age of Beau Brummell, Walter Scott and Jane Austen. Her third book 'The Children History Forgot' (Robert Hale, 2011) explores children and young people's working lives during the late Georgian and Victorian eras.

Her recent books 'Tracing Your Ancestors' Childhood' (Pen & Sword, 2013), 'Tracing Your Lancashire Ancestors'(Pen & Sword, 2012) and 'Tracing Your Canal Ancestors' (Pen & Sword, 2011) are guides for family historians.

Sue Wilkes's latest release ' A Visitor's Guide to Jane Austen's England' (Pen & Sword, 2014) explores daily life for the middle and upper classes in late Georgian and Regency England.

Sue writes for adults and children, and contributes regularly to magazines in the UK and USA. Her specialities are social and industrial history, literary history, and family history. Sue is also a creative writing tutor specialising in non-fiction. She is married, with two grown-up children. Sue is a Jane Austen fan. She loves country walks and exploring Britain's history.

Her next project is 'Regency Spies' for Pen & Sword's History imprint. Read Sue's blogs at http://suewilkes.blogspot.com/ and http://visitjaneaustensengland.blogspot.co.uk/

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About the Author

Sue Wilkes has written extensively on social history. She is the author of seven books: A Visitor's Guide to Jane Austen's England, Tracing Your Ancestors' Childhood, Tracing Your Lancashire Ancestors, The Children History Forgot, Tracing Your Canal Ancestors, Regency Cheshire, and Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives: The Industrial Revolution in Lancashire. She is also a regular contributor to a variety of national history and genealogy publications.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Buckley on 3 Nov 2014
Format: Paperback
You need to keep your wits about you in Jane Austen’s England and Sue Wilkes’s guide is indispensable for your travel back to the late 18th century. Covering diverse topics, from travel and teeth, to food fads and the latest fashions, it is a comprehensive and entertaining guide to the customs and potential faux pas of this fascinating period.

Meticulously researched and presented in a highly readable format, Sue Wilkes uses real-life experiences, quirky anecdotes and extracts from Jane Austen’s novels to bring history back to life. It is an evocative re-creation and makes for an exciting journey into the past. I thoroughly enjoyed A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England and would highly recommend it. And next time I take a ‘grand tour’ of the 18th century, I’ll be making sure I take my ‘dressed hart skins’ for a bug-free night in the inn.
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Although I love Jane Austen's novels, I'm ashamed to say I know very little about the period in which she lived. But no more! Having read Sue Wilkes' wonderful 'A Visitor's Guide to Jane Austen's England', I have learned all about the intricacies of Regency courtship, dowries and entails; the effect of the French wars on everyday prices; the daily life of a `lounger'; how difficult it was for men to get into breeches; and why wearing the latest fashionable headdress could give you head-lice.

Written in the style of an easily accessible guide for the modern visitor, the book tells you all you need to know about accommodation, travel, fashion, medical matters and much more. It's packed with wonderful little details about the social history of the time such as the 'slippers' gentlemen were given to wear when entering an inn 'previously worn by dozens of earlier guests', and the difference between town and country hours for dinner (it was always later in town where it was fashionable to dine between 8 and 9pm by around 1817).

From the hullabaloo of the coaching inn and the heat of the ballroom through to taking the waters at a fashionable spa, Sue Wilkes shines a spotlight on Jane Austen's England. She also includes plenty of quotations from Austen's novels to show how well-rooted they were in everyday life. It's the perfect book for dedicated Jane Austen fans who like to find out every little detail about her world, and also for those, like me, who know very little about the period.

And if I really could go back to Jane Austen's time, I'd be sure to take my own sheets...
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