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Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage Paperback – 1 June 2017
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- Publisher : The Greyfriar Group (1 June 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 258 pages
- ISBN-10 : 064808051X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0648080510
- Dimensions : 15.6 x 1.47 x 23.39 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's a fascinating account of a life lived amongst so much history, with the Knight family having been associated with Chawton for many centuries. Caroline's childhood was spent surrounded by the relics of her ancestors, and Aunt Jane, as she calls Jane Austen, was very much part of the family, a loved and treasured figure who the whole family was proud of.
I thought that Caroline was brave and courageous to go into such detail about her own life experiences, which clearly haven't been easy for her. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that she writes candidly about the things that happened to her and how she coped with them in the aftermath of her family's loss of Chawton House. It was clearly a time of great upheaval for Caroline and her family and obviously will stay with them always.
Caroline is a skilled and accomplished writer. Clearly the talent runs in the family! And it's wonderful that she is using her connection to so many people's favourite author to help those around the world who can't read and write. Her Jane Austen Literacy Foundation is and will help a great deal of people to learn what to many in the west are two basic skills.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Jane Austen and even to those who are indifferent towards her and her writing. Caroline Jane Knight provides a unique and valuable insight into the family life of the descendants of Jane's own brother, and this book is a heritage in its own right.
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A direct descendant of Jane’s brother, Edward (Austen) Knight, Caroline Jane Knight was the last of the family to grow up at Chawton House in Hampshire. She relates a fascinating tale, where the past is interwoven with the present, sharing details of life on the estate, family traditions and special occasions. We learn about the things surrounding her which would have been familiar to her (five times) great aunt, Jane Austen, which also gives us a fabulous glimpse into Jane’s life at the time when she was most prolific with her writing.
It’s a journey through time as Ms Knight explains some of the history of the house and of the Knight family, shares recollections from her childhood and teenage years at Chawton but also speaks openly about the impact these same connections had upon her.
Touching, thought-provoking, and funny by turn, this account shows the challenges Ms Knight faced and the steps she has taken to overcome her sadness at having to leave Chawton, and how she has come to embrace her Austen heritage, setting in place the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation which will surely be aiding literacy projects around the world in her great aunt’s name for many years to come.
A fascinating account of growing up with an extraordinary heritage, Caroline Jane Knight’s book is a unique and welcome addition to the bookshelves of anyone who has an interest in Jane Austen’s life and works.
To have this new record of life at Chawton House, written with honesty, heart and humour, is a wonderful treat. Definitely one to read more than once!