Miss Austen: The Lost Letters

A photo of writer Gill Hornby alongside the cover art from her book Miss Austen

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The burning of Jane Austen's letters

23 years after the death of her sister Jane Austen, Cassandra Austen burnt a treasure trove of Jane’s letters – an act of destruction that has troubled academics for centuries. Join Gill Hornby in conversation with John Mullen on Miss Austen, Hornby’s new novel which delves into Cassandra’s motives for destroying the letters.

Gill Hornby is the author of the novels The Hive and All Together Now, as well as The Story of Jane Austen, a biography of Austen for young readers. She lives in Kintbury, England, with her husband and their four children.

John Mullan is Lord Northcliffe Professor of English at University College London. He has published widely on 18th- and 19th-century literature. His most recent book is What Matters in Jane Austen? He is also a broadcaster and journalist, and writes on contemporary fiction for the Guardian. He is the author of How Novels Work and in 2009 was one of the judges for the Man Booker Prize. He has recently finished a new edition of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility for Oxford World’s Classics and is completing a book on Dickens’s fictional innovations. His edition of Austen’s Emma for Oxford World’s Classics will be published in 2020.


Name: Miss Austen: The Lost Letters
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