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This review is from: The Real Jane Austen (Paperback)
Ms Byrne considers a series of real articles from jane Austen's life and uses them to illustrate gear character and experiences. Jane is reprinted as sharply witty, worldly, knowledgeable about politics and outgoing. I never believed her brother's description of her as prim, sheltered and religious .
I can picture her writing stories for the family in her vellum notebooks -especially being rather fond of notebooks myself!
On the negative side , I do feel I am drowning in historical detail at times but then the narrative keeps me interested and sweeps me on to the next item