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A Rambling Fancy: In the Footsteps of Jane Austen
In 'A Rambling Fancy', Caroline Sanderson seeks out Jane Austen's England - the churches, great houses, coaching inns, rectories and seaside lodgings - to see what still remains today.
Paperback, 234 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Cadogan Guides
(first published September 29th 2006)
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This unusual travel narrative does not provide directions to Jane Austen's homes and haunts, but rather chronicles one woman's thoughts as she travels in the footsteps of Jane Austen. The author claims her purpose is to portray Jane Austen as a contemporary- someone who is still relevant in the modern world. I'm not sure she quite achieves her purpose. She rambles a lot, as the title suggests, about Jane Austen's life, sometimes making controversial statements and provoking purposely. This is la ...more
A lovely journey around the places Jane and I know so well. It did surprise me though that the author visited Jane Austen's house in Chawton on a bank holiday Monday and then complained that it was so busy she couldn't imagine what it would have been like in Jane's time. Always go to Chawton out of season.