Jane Austen and her World – National Portrait Gallery
Shopping Basket

Jane Austen and her World

Regular price £9.99

Josephine Ross

To coincide with the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death (and her appearance on English banknotes) in July 2017, this illuminating account of the novelist’s life is told with particular reference to the great men and women who inspired and influenced her, and whose portraits, along with her own, are now in the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Spend over £35.00 for free UK shipping

Publication Date: 13 July 2017

ISBN: 978 1 85514 701 0

Format: 197 x 140mm

Illustrations: Approx. 70

Extent: 120pp

Binding: Paperback with flaps

Word Count: Approx 17,000 words

United Kingdom 
Royal Mail 2nd Class 3 - 5 workng days (0.01kg - 1kg)  £1.99 
Royal Mail 1st Class 2 - 4 working days (0.01kg - 3.0kg)  £3.99 
Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed Next Day before 1pm (0.01kg - 3.0kg) £6.99*
*for orders placed before 3pm Monday to Friday - does not include Saturday delivery
DHL Courier 2 - 4 working days (3.1kg +) £5.99
DHL Courier Next Day Delivery (3.1kg+) £9.99*
*for orders placed before 1pm Monday to Friday - does not include Saturday delivery
Free UK Shipping for orders over £35*
International (10-14 working days)
DHL Courier EU Shipping - from £9.00
DHL Courier Rest of the World and USA - from £12.00
Shipping costs calculated at checkout.
Please note that international customs duties and sales taxes may apply to some orders outside the EU, and that the customer is liable for these charges.
While we will make every effort to despatch orders within two working days of receipt, there may be times during peak periods - such as Christmas - that this may vary slightly.
Although we are confident of the high quality of our goods, we recognise that there may be occasions when a customer might wish to return an item. You may therefore return a purchase to us in its original condition and packaging within 30 days for a refund or replacement, where possible. Please enclose a note giving your name, address, contact telephone number and e-mail address, together with the reason for the return. We will ask you to keep proof of posting the goods to us.
Postage will only be refunded if the item is faulty or incorrectly supplied from the original order and we recommend that you use a recorded delivery service when returning goods.
This returns policy does not affect your statutory rights.

Although she joked to her sister Cassandra, in a letter of 1813, ‘I do not despair of having my picture in the Exhibition at last – all white & red, with my Head on one Side’, Jane Austen (1775–1817) avoided the limelight. The unmarried younger daughter of a country vicar, she published her novels anonymously. When she died, aged only 41 – having earned less than £700 from her writing – her name was still almost unknown to the world at large. That two centuries after her death she should be one of the best-known and best-loved authors in the English language is one of history’s greater ironies.

Yet, while she took no part in public life herself, Jane Austen lived and worked during one of the most momentous periods in British history, and everything she wrote – from her witty, gossipy letters to her six immortal novels – was influenced by the national and international events of her time and the men and women who shaped them. Her formative years saw the American War of Independence, the trial of Warren Hastings (a close family friend), the French Revolution and the ever-present shadow of the Napoleonic wars. As an adult, she danced in Bath, shopped in London and attended theatres and art exhibitions – seeing the actress Mrs Siddons on the stage and the paintings of Sir Joshua Reynolds. She was published by John Murray and, by royal invitation, visited the Prince Regent’s palace of Carlton House, then still under construction by John Nash. And throughout her life she read voraciously, taking inspiration for her own writing from the works of Shakespeare and Dr Johnson, Swift, Defoe and Fielding, Fanny Burney and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Divided into three main sections, the book opens with Jane’s early years at Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, before tracing her creatively challenging time in Bath prior to settling at Chawton Cottage a decade later. The final section examines Jane’s emergence as a professional author, with the publication in 1811 of Sense and Sensibility and subsequent modest, but growing, success with Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), before her untimely death in 1817, which left Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both 1817) to be published posthumously – revealing, at last, her name to the public.