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ISBN: 9780857042576
AUTHOR: Terry Townsend
Jane Austen's Kent
Jane Austen's Kent
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A major part of Jane Austen’s life experience was gained in Kent during prolonged holidays that afforded much happiness as well as inspiration and material for her novels.

Jane’s family were from Kent and many of her relatives lived in the county. She visited them here while still a young girl and it was later in Kent she gained detailed knowledge of the country-house life of her time.

Jane’s paternal ancestry can be traced back through seven generations of yeoman farmers who had established themselves in the Weald of Kent over a period of two-and-a-half centuries. Jane’s father, the Reverend George Austen was born in Tonbridge and spent his formative years in this ancient town on the River Medway.

Our first knowledge of Jane herself being in Kent is when she was twelve-and-a-half and stayed for a month in the Sevenoaks home of her ninety-year-old Great Uncle.

Jane’s brother Edward, born in 1767, was later adopted by distant Kentish cousins. This event was ultimately to provide Jane with great opportunities to explore the county and its social life.

Francis, the oldest of Jane’s two sailor brothers, met and married a Kentish girl whilst stationed in Ramsgate. This further extended Jane’s opportunity for travel.

As well as being a guide to the Kentish places significant in the Austen family history, this book is also an exploration of the locations Jane knew personally. The journey takes us to pretty villages, pleasant market towns and the historic cities of Canterbury and Rochester. We visit great estates where Jane was a frequent and welcome guest; churches where she worshipped; venues where she danced and the turnpike roads along which she travelled recounting varying experiences at coaching inns.

Retired graphic designer Terry Townsend has had a lifelong interest in English literary landscapes. This latest book is an unashamed celebration of his favourite novelist. Terry’s previous books for Halsgrove are Once Upon a Pint, a guide to the Literary Pubs & Inns of Dorset and Somerset, Kent Smugglers’ Pubs, Jane Austen’s Hampshire and Jane Austen and Bath. He now lives in Dorset with his wife Carol and their cat Smudge.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 257 6, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published June 2015.

Jane Austen and BathJane Austen and Bath - £16.99
In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated book, Terry Townsend takes us on a journey of discovery to the houses, public buildings, parks and walks that were significant in the life and work of one of English literature’s most beloved figures.
Kent in WinterKent in Winter - £14.99
At any time of year the county is charming and picturesque, but in winter frost and snow brings a stunning added dimension to the Kent scene. The magic of winter is captured in 140 superbly evocative images by renowned Kent photographer Andreas Byrne.
Kent from the AirKent from the Air - £14.99
The fascinating aerial photographs in this book by internationally-renowned photographer Jason Hawkes are selected to provide the reader with an overview of a variety of landscapes and settlements, with historic sites included. There can be no better way of appreciating the many glories of Kent than to view the county from above.
Kent Coast from the AirKent Coast from the Air - £14.99
These spectacular aerial landscapes of the Kent coast by Jason Hawkes include towering cliffs, lonely marshlands, popular holiday towns, international ports and tiny harbours. Kent also has the busiest passenger ferry port in Northern Europe and the largest installed offshore wind farm in the UK.
Portrait of the Kent CoastPortrait of the Kent Coast - £14.99
In over 140 glorious full-colour images, Andreas Byrne follows the great success of his previous volumes on Canterbury and the County of Kent, to offer a new perspective on the many facets of England’s most famous stretch of coastline.
Sky High Kent CoastSky High Kent Coast - £4.99
Almost one-third of the people of Kent live in its coastal districts. For some the sea is merely the backdrop to their lives but a significant number make their living from its ports and harbours, industries, fishing grounds, tourist towns and beaches. The superb aerial photographs in this book by Jason Hawkes will be enjoyed by all who know or visit the county.
Web Price: £16.99
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