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ISBN: 9780857042330
AUTHOR: Terry Townsend
Jane Austen's Hampshire
Jane Austen's Hampshire
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a reader in possession of a good book gains further pleasure from knowing where the author lived, loved and found inspiration.

In the case of Jane Austen, this was predominantly in Hampshire, the historic and beautiful county where she spent most of her days. By following in the steps of Jane Austen through Hampshire you will discover the great cities she knew, market towns where she shopped, villages where she lived and visited friends, country parks where she strolled, country houses where she danced and churches where she worshipped.

Jane was born in 1775 in her father’s rectory in the small village of Steventon where she spent the first twenty-five years of her life. She grew to love the area and declared herself proud to be ‘a Hampshire Austen’.

In 1809, after a brief period living in Bath and Southampton, Jane eventually settled with her mother and sister Cassandra in the cottage at Chawton which is now opened as a museum dedicated to her life and works.

Early in the spring of her 41st year Jane became ill and moved to Winchester, to be closer to the doctor who was treating her. She died on 18 July 1817 and was buried in the nave of the grand cathedral.

Hampshire provided the cradle for Jane Austen’s talent and the peace and stability for the blossoming of her genius. All her novels were conceived and written in Hampshire, the county where she was born and where she died.

In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated book, Terry Townsend takes us on a journey of discovery through this most characteristic of English shires, tracing the life of one of English literature’s most beloved figures.

Retired graphic designer Terry Townsend has had a lifelong interest in English literary landscapes. This latest book is the result of years of travel and research throughout Hampshire seeking out the people and places that were significant in the life of Jane Austen. Terry’s previous books for Halsgrove are Once Upon a Pint, a guide to the Literary Pubs & Inns of Dorset and Somerset and Kent Smugglers’ Pubs. Now living in Dorset with his wife Carol and their cat Smudge, Terry is currently working on a new title celebrating Jane Austen and Bath.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 9780857042330, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published August 2014.

Kent Smugglers' PubsKent Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
This guide by Terry Townsend will lead you to a significant number of authentic smugglers’ pubs distributed throughout Kent. These wonderful old buildings with their low-beamed ceilings, flag stone floors, inglenook fire-places and secret hiding places are where you can get a real feel for the desperate days of the free traders.
Once Upon A PintOnce Upon A Pint - £9.99
Now, if you need it, you also have a good excuse to pop down the pub. Illustrated throughout in colour, this handy new hardback by Terry Townsend is the essential guide to more than fifty of the most characterful hostelries in the fair counties of Dorset and Somerset and their famous literary links. Cheers and good reading!
A Boot Up the North Hampshire DownsA Boot Up the North Hampshire Downs - £4.99
These ten circular walks by Robert Wood, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the North Hampshire Downs – its people, its history, and its working landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery the area has to offer.
A Boot Up the Hampshire HangersA Boot Up the Hampshire Hangers - £4.99
Halsgrove’s guidebook, expertly created by Mike Cope containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the Hampshire Hangers.
Sky High Hampshire CoastSky High Hampshire Coast - £4.99
Hampshire’s coast is highly valued by residents and visitors alike, and each will find the aerial photographs by Jason Hawkes in this little book equally fascinating.
Web Price: £16.99
19.69 EUR 21.24 USD 27.83 AUD

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