Godmersham Park: A Novel of the Austen Family


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$26.95  $25.06
Pegasus Books
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5.91 X 8.98 X 1.42 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Gill Hornby is the author of the novels Miss Austen, 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.


"A persuasive portrait of that bane of scholars and biographers...Hornby depicts a romance that could have emerged from an Austen novel and a number of real-life characters whose traits Austen may have borrowed for her fiction."

-- "The New York Times Book Review"
Praise for Gil Hornby:

"This is a deeply imagined and deeply moving novel. Reading it made me happy and weepy in equally copious amounts. "I read it straight through without looking up."--Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Bookclub
"If you love Jane Austen you're sure to enjoy Gill Hornby's stylish glimpse into the life of young governess Anne Sharp. This elegantly written tale skillfully recreates a world where governesses are midway between the family upstairs and the servants downstairs."-- "The Independent"
"The great writer is brought to life in this clever, well-researched piece of fiction."-- "The Times (London)"
"The excellent latest from Hornby (Miss Austen) traces several years in the life of Anne Sharp, a friend of Jane Austen's. Hornby's skillful mix of fact and fiction captures the complexities of the Austens and their era, and her crisp, nimble prose sparkles throughout. Best of all, Hornby genuinely channels the sentiment of 19th-century English literature. Janeites aren't the only readers who will relish this smart, tender tale."-- "Publishers Weekly, starred review"
"Hornby (Miss Austen, 2020) continues her fictional dramatization of the Austen family. In 1804, unmarried and with little outside support, Anne Sharp accepts the position of governess for the Austen family at Godmersham Park in Kent. Fanny, her charge, is easy to care for, her charming uncle Henry is a challenge, but Anne's favorite Austen by far was Fanny's Aunt Jane. As they discover their similar experiences and opinions, a friendship begins and grows deeper with each letter they exchange. Everything is seen through Anne's viewpoint, how she views herself and others, how tenuous her living situation is, and how limited her options are, and soon it becomes impossible not to feel as if you're listening to the confidences of a dear friend. Based on actual individuals, all of Hornby's characters are engaging, and the small details of their daily lives build a colorful picture of this time and place. Enjoying the thoughtful treasures and quiet moments encourages a leisurely reading pace, while the Author's Note is chock-full of fabulous true tidbits. Janites, fans of the Brontë sisters, and readers of immersive historical fiction will savor every moment."--Stacey Hayman "Booklist, starred review"
"This pastiche, peopled with actual historical figures, follows the trials of a new governess whose charge is Fanny Austen, the eldest daughter of Edward, Jane's wealthy brother. Hornby's long, deft narrative is not her first trip into Austen territory, following Miss Austen (2020). Her style takes its cue from Austen's irony and tone...An immersive excursion to Austenland."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"A marvelous addition to the genre--waspish and well-written, with all the incisive wit of Austen. This is a well-written and delightfully observant novel. Gill Hornby uses Fanny Austen's diaries, which detail her days with the governess Anne Sharp, but employs some literary imagination to elaborate on Anne's intriguing backstory. An excellent read."-- "Historical Novels Review"
"Meticulously researched, Hornby's absorbing novel revels in the joys and tensions of life above and below stairs."-- "The Mail on Sunday"
"With Godmersham Park, British writer Gill Hornby makes a second fictional foray into Austen territory. A sprightly story."-- "The Washington Post"