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Sanditon: Jane Austen's Last Novel Completed

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  3,983 ratings  ·  439 reviews
From the publisher: Sanditon was Jane Austen's last novel, bequeathed unfinished to her niece. This is its completion, praised for its delicacy, wit and discretion.

When Charlotte Heywood, eldest daughter of a family of fourteen, is invited to stay with Mr. and Mrs. Parker of Sanditon, she accepts with alacrity, intrigued to visit the once quiet town being promoted by Mr. P
Paperback, 316 pages
Published October 6th 1998 by Scribner Paperback Fiction (first published 1817)
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Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen
Random girl: "Oh, I've heard of that author!"
Me: "Jane...Austen?"
Girl: "Yeah!"
Me: *polite, everyone-knows-Austen-but-I-don't-want-to-embarrass-you smile* "This is Sandition, definitely not one of her more famous ones. She wrote the first 11 chapters but never completed it."
Girl: "Oh yeah, I've totally heard of that one. Her daughter finished it."
Me: *too horrified for words* "Jane Austen's...daughter?"
My Sister: *much less polite than me* "Idiot, Jane Austen didn't have a daughter."
Me: "Well.
Elizabeth George
Having watched Masterpiece Classic's production of Sanditon, I turned back to this 1975 completion of the novel, which I hadn't read since 1975 when it first came out. Although it doesn't at all follow the story that Andrew Davies wrote for the production, it it nonetheless completely charming and utterly diverting. It was, for me, the perfect antidote to these trying times through which we're living. It's my intention in this year 2020 to re-read all of Jane Austen's work (with Mansfield Park c ...more
This review was first posted on Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

In early 1817 Jane Austen began writing a story called ‘Sanditon’. She was only able to work on it for around 7 weeks before her health deteriorated to such an extent that she had to abandon it. She died around 4 months later, bequeathing the unfinished manuscript to her niece, Anna Austen Lefroy. There are a number of continuations of the book (there’s a list on Wikipedia) but the reason I chose to
[First read June 11 2008]
[2nd reading June 17 2012]

*Please note: the author, who published this under the name of "Another Lady" also publishes under the names Anne Telscombe and Marie Dobbs. I'm not sure if either is her real name, but for the sake of brevity, I'm calling her "Dobbs" from here on out.

To properly explain to you why I love this novel, first I need to set the scene: the year was 2008, I wasn't blogging yet, and was in need of some structure; I was planning my summer reading a
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
I am so pleased with this uncompleted last novel of Jane Austen's that was finished by "another lady". It tells the story of Charlotte Heywood who is visiting friends in a seaside town called Sanditon. Charlotte meets all the respectable society of Sanditon, and spends most of her time observing their characters and deciding if she should laugh at them, pity them, befriend them, or scorn them. She herself is very unassuming and sensible, but when the charming Mr. Sidney Parker comes on the scene ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me some time to get into this book and I'm not sure why. I had previously read the piece that Jane Austen had written and enjoyed it.
There are a huge cast of characters in this novel. At times I had to flick back to remind myself of who it was I was reading about.
The heroine, Charlotte, seemed a bit wet and too goody goody for me at the beginning but as the book went on she did improve. The hero was a likable character and I took it to him from the start even though he took a while to
Angela Navatta
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was going to go on a rant, but it is not necessary. If you did not like the Sanditon miniseries on ITV, PBS Masterpiece --just read this. You will be happier. The End.
May 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's an act of true bravery of Marie Dobbs to have attempted to finish this work. I can imagine her primary reason for this effort was an act of love for Austen and sympathy with other Austen fans in mourning their having "finished" Austen's extant work. Dobbs wanted to give readers more when Austen herself could not, which is precisely why I bought this book--because I, too, found myself in mourning and wanted to believe others could carry on her legacy. So no, I can't fault Dobbs for trying. I ...more
Jun 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Austen freaks and regency romance freaks (not necessarily the same people)
Shelves: fiction, romance
This book was by Jane Austen and "Another Lady," mostly by the other lady. The first 11 chapters were by Austen, mostly, and it was obvious. By the end of the 11th chapter, though, there was no real indication of where the plot would go, except for using other Austen novels as a guide (seems reasonable), so most of the plot is by the other lady, as well. It is pretty much a published piece of fan fiction. Not bad fan fiction, but not great fan fiction, either, and not even close to the author it ...more
Feb 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the part written by Austen, which I loved and found surprisingly different from her other novels, going off in new directions.

I hesitated over whether to read the part by "Another Lady" (an Australian writer called Marie Dobbs), but in the end carried on. I did quite enjoy her part too, but it isn't much like Austen really, although she does have a dry, witty tone and sometimes gets in some quite Austen-like weighted sentences - here's an example:
"Removed for some time from the influenc
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Determined Jane Austen Fans
I wouldn't like to say that it was impossible for another author to complete Jane Austen's unfinished novel, Sandition, or to pen a sequel worthy of her masterpieces, but I have simply never seen it done. Sadly, this book did not prove me wrong...

I am not sure who "Another Lady" may be, but as admirable as I find her attempt, her prose is no match for the witty Jane, and I recall being instantly aware of the change in authorship, when passing from the eleventh to the twelfth chapter. How I wish
Roger Brunyate
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: before-1900
No Call for Caution

Five stars for a fragment followed by a pastiche? Yes indeed, for I believe that were this novel published under Jane Austen's name alone, most readers would simply accept it as one of hers from beginning to end. Not one of her greatest, perhaps, but even second-tier Austen is worth five stars. And speaking for myself, a book that I merely intended to dip into out of curiosity first seduced, then gripped me, and left me in the end with tears of pleasure.

Jane Austen started the
While it’s unknown - as far as I’m aware - exactly how Austen was planning for this book, I do feel this version was a pretty good continuation.
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
After 35 years, this continuation remains one of best Austenesque novels

Last unfinished works by acclaimed novelist have an irresistible attraction. Inevitably someone will want to complete them. Psychologically we all want closure in our own lives as well as our literature. I readily admit when I first read Sanditon, Jane Austen’s last unfinished novel, and came to the last lines in chapter 12, “Poor Mr. Hollis! It was impossible not to feel him hardly used: to be obliged to stand back in his o
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Bumma
This represents the last writings of Jane Austen. She put the work aside in March of 1817, and died 4 months later. The novel remained unfinished, but at some point another took up the pen to complete it, and the flyleaf of this edition (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975) bears the inscription of Jane Austen and Another Lady (who apparently is names Anne Telscombe).

Starting to read this book, I found myself entering into that singular rhythm found in Austen novel; smiling to myself at the quaintnes
Kate Breslin
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Even 200 years later, Jane Austen's brilliant wit, sardonic humor, and canny ability to develop her characters continues to make her a literary icon. In Sanditon, the pacing slows in a some places, but I was rewarded for my patience when the story's loose ends began to wrap up nicely and I could not stop turning the pages!
While Miss Austen wrote only the first 11 chapters of the manuscript before her subsequent death months later, Australian author Marie Dobbs did a wonderful job completing the
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
When I first read this completion of Jane Austen's fragment some years ago, I thought it was pretty good. This time through, I loved it.
It's possible that more exposure to Regency chick-lit and JA fan-fic has shown me just how rare it is for an author to creditably handle the language of that period, and the style of Austen. Because I was so much more impressed this time around. I don't think the "other lady" puts a foot wrong in her completion of the novel. It's fun, funny, and deftly worded.

Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
My friend Wendy, who haunts library book sales, is always proudly holding up a book to me and yelling, "Fifty cents!" This one set her back a whole dollar, but it's worth every penny.

I'm still kicking myself for not realizing that, duh, of course Jane fanfic exists. In fact, when I did the Amazon search to add this title I found what looks like two or three different completions of this novel. Now I want to read them all.

I'd forgotten where Sanditon left off, but figured I'd notice the seam betw
I'm hoping this will help me erase the memory of that fantastically awful piece of crap aired on PBS earlier this year.
Paula Vince
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jane Austen's famous 11 chapters were all she left of Sanditon, the novel she'd been working on before her death. Another lady who chose to remain anonymous picked up the threads and wrote a very decent finish. Obviously not exactly where Jane Austen would have taken it, yet I wonder if she would have been pleased by the alternate ending. I definitely was.

Charlotte Heywood is invited to spend time at Sanditon, a fashionable seaside resort town, by Mr and Mrs Parker. Charlotte is a very sensible
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book back in the 1990's the first time and must admit I really didn't remember it. For those who may not know, Jane Austin started this novel and completed 11 chapters before she fell ill and could not finish it. The edition I read was finished by "another lady". Recently an adaptation was on Masterpiece Theater which I watched. I was enjoying it when it ended - most unsatisfactorily. I thought to myself, Jane Austin would NEVER end her book like that! Then I looked and saw this prod ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost feel a little befuddled about how to write this review, since it feels like I should be doing two separate ones: one, for the first eleven chapters written by Jane Austen, and another one for "Another Lady" who wrote the rest.

I am sad that we'll never know Austen's plot; the first eleven chapters of Sanditon are really only enough to set forth the main characters and the setting. While it took me about two chapters to get into it, it quickly went on its way to becoming just as good as A
Karen Keane
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Jane Austen and have been meaning to read this book for ages and I am so glad I eventually got round to it. Jane Austen wrote the first 11 chapters and the rest were wrote by another lady, who managed to get both the language and style completely right. Jane Austen had already indicated who the hero and heroine were to be and had sketched out some of the other characters and the book was finished in complete Austen style with a lovely ending. Whether this would have been the same ending i ...more
Cassandra Louise
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I love Charlotte Heywood! What a wonderful heroine. After over a decade of reading Jane Austen’s novels I have found the heroine I most love and relate to - Miss Heywood! What a wonderful story, what lovely romances occurred, and how wonderfully finished the story by Another Lady. I am already looking forward to reading it again!

Favorite Quotes:

1. Women are the only correspondence to be depended on. (Page 25)

2. In short, it can only be inferred that she was in a promising way to falling i
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After binge watching “Sanditon” this weekend, I was left hanging and needed closure to the story. Jane Austen died before she could finish writing this book, so it was completed by “Another Lady.” The first 11 chapters were penned by Austen. The rest of the book was written by “Another Lady.”

Once I realized how much artistic license the writers and producers of the tv series exercised, I was confused. I had to ignore everything I saw in the tv series and start from scratch with this cast of cha
Lara Mi

"Unnecessary is a favourite word with you, I note. Lies are unnecessary. Elopements are unnecessary.”

I was very unsure of what to expect of Sanditon. It is a rare case that I appreciate, or even read, I work that was completed by someone other than the original author. Being a work started by Jane Austen, it seemed even more likely to lead to something disappointing. When I came across a copy in a store, curiosity got the better of me. Luckily, it was not a disappointment.

I believe the first
Meg Dendler
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I read this after seeing the butcher job on PBS. Shame on Andrew Davies for making it sound like Jane Austen actually wrote all the sex and nonsense he put on the screen. About the only thing he got right was the name of the characters and the location. Charlotte is as rational as Miss Lizzy and never speaks horribly out of turn. Sidney is charming and delightful and never scowls. Miss Lambe has nothing to do with Sidney at all, is shy and retiring, described as half-mulatto and "pale" ...more
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A delightful finish for Jane Austen's last novel! "Another Lady" did a pretty good job blending her style, there were some modern writing elements that I noticed, but she did a MUCH better job than the last uncompleted-but-finished book I read. *cough*Joan Hess and "The Painted Queen"*cough* The ending does seem a bit melodramatic, but I just read a bunch of Jane Austen's early works and I'm sure her teenage-self would have loved it. I was a fan of all the matches, so I feel satisfied.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Skillfully completed in Jane Austen’s style I couldn’t put my finger on what was amiss until I finished the book. The author(ess) who finished the novel seemlessly mirrored Austen’s witty and vivacious style beautifully but sadly lacked the deep insight and introspection of humanity that Austen alone was able to infuse into her works. That small but integral facet will forever bar Sanditon from being ever held among Austen’s masterpieces but does not detract from it being a light-hearted read
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sarah peden
Delightful read. Hilarious satire. Great fun for Austenites--even though Jane only wrote the first 11 chapters.
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Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.

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