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The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

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Many rumors abound about a mysterious gentleman said to be the love of Jane's life—finally, the truth may have been found...
What if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen's memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years? What if those pages revealed the untold story of a life-changing love affair? That's the premise behind this spellbinding novel, which delves into t
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Published November 6th 2007 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published October 1st 2007)
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I've had this book sitting on my shelf for a few years, but it wasn't until Meredith @ Austenesque Reviews blog hosted a group read that I was motivated to pull it down and read it.

Before you get the idea that my reticence is a result of not thinking I would like the book or not having interest in it any more, let me assure you that is not the case. No, my reasoning was just the usual type of laziness toward a book on the shelf paired with a certain amount of trepidation each time I pick up a bo
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jane Austen. Fact: born December 16, 1775; died July 18, 1817 at age 41. Fact: never married. Fact: wrote six complete novels, including a few unfinished works, and juvenilia. Fact: lived out her life in a quiet Chawton Cottage with her older, spinster sister Cassandra and aging mother. Also known is that not long before her own death, Cassandra burned much of Jane's private correspondence and even cut out entire passages of the letters saved, driving many discussions as to why? Many Jane Austen ...more
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans, anyone!
"Do you mean to say, that if I believe in your story as you have told it, then it is as good as if it were true?" (303) So asks Jane Austen's nephew in this fictional account of her life and so sums up my feelings for this book. While I know the story is fiction, it was written in such a true and believable fashion that I had to remind myself that it wasn't actually a recently discovered memoir of Jane Austen.
What fan of Jane Austen has not, at some point, lamented the fact that Cassandra Austen
What would happen if somebody found by chance a manuscript written by Jane Austen and never read by anybody because hidden for hundreds of years in an old attic? And what if that manuscript contained the tale of a love story experienced by the English writer herself? It would be an indescribable emotion for all those who love Jane Austen! But thanks to Syrie James’ brilliant idea, all the Janeites can imagine how dear Jane’s life would have been if she had met -as her heroines did- her true love ...more
Abigail Bok
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen begins with a note from a supposed Austen scholar who has been tasked with editing and publishing a series of notebooks, discovered along with a ruby ring behind a wall in a house owned by one of Jane Austen’s brothers. The claim (which we are not really expected to believe) is that this manuscript is a memoir written by Jane Austen herself, detailing a story from her life that has never before been made public.

Once this frame has been established, we launch witho
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"Do you want to be a novelist?"

"It is all I have ever wanted."

His eyes locked with mine, as a sudden breeze stirred the branches of the trees above us.

"Then a published novelist is what you shall be, Miss Jane Austen."

I have always loved Jane Austen's works, but this book really enhanced that love. This author did a simply fantastic job with blending historical accuracies with her own ideas and creative impulses. It was absolutely brilliant. She created a characterization of Jane Austen that wou
Michaela Wood
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
I cannot imagine anything more distressing than reading this book and continuing to be confused as to the real sentiments and affairs of the author. I do admire historical fiction but when you unconcernedly blend fact with fiction, so one cannot tell what has really occured, it is chaotic for those of us who would like to UNDERSTAND a little more about Jane Austen. Her books tell plenty about her imaginary life, I don't need someone else to steal her voice, robbing sentiments out of direct quote ...more
Jan 20, 2010 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book.

On one hand I loved the romance in it. The author intertwines some of my favorite moments in Jane Austen's books into a wonderful love story that I found myself wishing could be true. Doesn't it seem fitting that one of the greatest author's of romance should be entitled to a little romance of her own?

On the other hand, I was somewhat bothered that the author used so much of Austen's story lines. Although it sucked me into Austen's world and made me want to
Mar 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
This was a page-turner, thanks only to Jane Austen's wonderful storylines.

I would not read this book again, because there was virtually no originality in it. I would also be offended, if I were Jane, at the idea that I'd lifted every one of my stories' events and characters and dialogues directly from happenings in my life.

It might have been more of a treat if there were any sort of suspense as to who each character in her life would turn out to resemble in her books, but there was no subtletie
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To start off with, I must say that I absolutely loved this book – just as I loved the movie Becoming Jane. Anyone who doesn’t know a thing about Jane Austen’s life probably should not read any further in this review, though you are welcome to if you wish.

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen mirrors the tone and style of the film Becoming Jane - which personally makes me think that both film and book have adequately and accurately captured Jane Austen’s character from what we know of her. The Lost Mem
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
A good read but I find it hard to read fictional books about Jane Austen herself. I did this one for a challenge. We really don't know a lot about her and reading fictional accounts doesn't really make it any better. However, if you are happy with these kind of accounts this book is for you.
Maria Grazia
In Becoming Jane young Jane Austen is hooked by dashing Tom Lefroy and even agrees to an elopment. In Miss Austen Regrets , mature Jane regrets missing the chance of marrying and looks melancholicly at her niece’s love life . In the beautiful book I ‘ve just finished reading , THE LOST MEMOIRS OF JANE AUSTEN, Syrie James imagines quite mature Jane in love with and loved by a rich, handsome and fascinating Mr Ashworth. Their love story has got traits of the stories we all well know and love: Sens ...more
Jennifer Messina
"Imperdibile per gli appassionati di Jane Austen."
Hai voglia.

Mi duole il cuore a parlare male di qualcosa quando c'è di mezzo Jane Austen, ma mi duole ancor di più dover parlare di questo romanzetto inutile. Quindi esprimerò il mio giudizio nella maniera più concitata possibile e spero che la mia recensione basti a saziare la curiosità di chi si accinge a leggerla. Ebbene, si tratta di un insalata scadente condita con fatti estrapolati dalla lettere di Jane Austen, fatti estrapolati dai romanzi
Apr 18, 2008 rated it liked it
I wanted to hate this book. I've been so possessive of Jane Austen since I read Northanger Abbey 20 years ago. How can everyone love her as much as I do? No one else listens to the bands I love, they don't go see my favorite movies. It doesn't make any sense. I feel that something so personal and private to me is out there for the whole world to take and I don't like it. I vowed to never read all these Jane Austen spin-off novels. Anyway, this book was alright. I think the girl in me that loves ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff
I think Syrie James is brilliant. I have only read 2 of her books, but I think her writing is amazing.

The book basically weaves Jane's real life with characters, and situations from her books. Although totally fictional it was fun to think Jane actually met a Mr. Collins, or had to endure an awkward moment like Lizzie did when she was visiting Pemberly, and Darcy came home unexpectedly. Even though I knew how the story ended I still found myself rooting for a different outcome.

If you are a J
Il romanzo si spaccia per il diario perduto, e poi ritrovato, nel cottage di Chawton.
Jane Austen decide di narrare la sua vera storia, intima e sentimentale, per fugare ogni dubbio creatosi sul come, una zitella che non aveva mai conosciuto l’amore, potesse scriverne così bene. Consapevole del fatto che, duecento anni dopo la sua morte, ci saremmo lambiccati il cervello con questo dubbio amletico, con un po’ di sesto senso femminile, Miss Austen ci lascia la soluzione al dilemma!
Perchè Jane Au
Richard Derus
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Book Report: Every Austenian knows Jane went quiet for 10 years, then produced what is arguably the finest body of novelistic work to come out of nineteenth-century England, then died. Nobody knows poo-diddly about Miss Jane's romantic life, or even if there ever was one, in large part because Jane's sister Cassandra went wild with the scissors and made like a Nazi with a Torah (burn, baby, burn) to make sure none of Jane's letters or diaries (if any) survived unexpurgated. Cassandra doubtle ...more
Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anna Horner
Syrie James' The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen is a fantastic addition to all things Jane. The novel invents the discovery of Jane Austen's memoirs in an attic chest and spins a artistic web that intertwines the beauty of Austen's novels with historical truths and imagined fictions.

***Spoiler Alert***

The memoir is discovered in an old seaman's chest, which has been bricked up into a wall--perhaps by Jane's sister Cassandra. Many of the facts we know about Jane's life are peppered throughout the bo
Oct 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Competently written and readable. Why, then, only three stars? First, the people who will want to read this book already know a great deal about Jane Austen. So -- the footnotes (in a memoir!) are not only redundant but seem cute and intrusive.
Second, though the book smoothly incorporates known facts from JA's life, it misses as fiction, most importantly because of a major plot inconsistency half way through. This inconsistency is then, incredibly, repeated -- all of which reflects a weakness i
Christy B
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen is a fictional memoir. It does a great job at making you feel like it's a real memoir, with an 'Editor's Forward' at the beginning explaining how an old chest was found bricked up behind a wall in the attic of Chawton Manor House – a home owned by Jane's brother Edward. There are also running footnotes throughout the book. All of this giving the impression that this is a long lost memoir written by Jane. Only at the very end is the spell broken.

I really love this.
Georgiana 1792

Prendi i personaggi maschili più significativi di Jane Austen:
1/4 di Frederick Wentworth;
1/4 di Fitzwilliam Darcy;
1/4 di Edward Ferrars;
1/4 di John Willoughby;
1 pizzico di Henry Tilney;
1 spruzzatina di George Knightley:

ecco ottenuto il cocktail perfetto per l'uomo misterioso a causa del quale Cassandra ha bruciato tutte le lettere e i diari di sua sorella Jane alla sua morte.
Una fan-fiction ben congegnata, con uno stile fedelissimo a quello della scrittrice e numerosissimi riferimenti pr
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love how Jane found her inspiration for Mr. Darcy in Mr. Ashford. We also meet her inspiration for Caroline Bingley and Mr. Collins. A beautifully written book that is fun but also tugs on your heart-strings. I loved the interactions between Jane and Cassandra. A definite must read.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gerçekten çok güzeldi.Herkes okusun ! Jane gerçekten harika biri (sanki askerlik arkadaşım)
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-adult
Even though I'm convinced the author didn't capture the voice and the writing style of Jane Austen (to make it more believable) and I hated the ending (even though it was suspected (with the knowledge most have of Austen's life). I still loved it and it's something I wish she did write. Seeing as Austen insisted Cassandra to burn some of the letters sent it's a possibility she did find love at one point and that love inspired many of her books. Sadly, we will never really know so something like ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Syrie James channels Jane Austen in this fictional account of discovery of Austen's memoirs. As captivating as Austen's work, one almost forgets this is a work of fiction.
Loren Dushku
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recensiti-2017
Nato dalla penna di Syrie James, Il diario perduto di Jane Austen ci porta nella quotidianità della famosa scrittrice di epoca Regency. Col finto pretesto di un ritrovamento di alcuni documenti, che si scoprirà poi essere il diario segreto della Austen, nella casa del fratello, apprendiamo di una parte della sua vita che in realtà non è nota al grande pubblico. La storia che ci viene raccontata è quella di una Jane reale che vive le emozioni, e la sua storia d’amore, in modo molto profondo, prop ...more
Ana T.
Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
Many rumors abound about a mysterious gentleman said to be the love of Jane's life—finally, the truth may have been found. . . .

What if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen's memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years? What if those pages revealed the untold story of a life-changing love affair? That's the premise behind this spellbinding novel, which delves into the secrets of Jane Austen's life, giving us untold insights into her mind and heart.

Jane Austen has given up her writing
Jess Swann
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alors, j'étais un peu dubitative au début car c'est le genre de concept un peu "casse gueule" selon moi mais je dois admettre que Syrie James réussit son défi. La partie moderne (sur Samantha et son enquête) est bien écrite et l'histoire ressemble bien à un roman moderne de Jane ! J'ai aimé sa relation avec Anthony et toutes les petites remarques sur l'oeuvre de Jane, ainsi que les éléments biographiques. La fin est très mignonne (le club des W ^^)
Sur le manuscrit des "Stanhope" l'histoire est
This book was actually one of the more believable and more well-written Austen-fanfiction I have read in a while. Syrie James has written the book with a careful attention to detail and a realistic language according to the time period. Unlike most Austen-fanfiction it isn't overdone, it simply is.

"The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen" had the potential to be a great book in its genre; but it lost it all by trying to chain Austen's life to her novels. Every person that Jane meets in her memoirs, ever
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Her ne kadar kurgu olduğunu en baştan öğrenip belirgin bir hayal kırıklığına uğrasam da, bu kurgunun gerçekte yaşanmış olayların ve yer yer Austen eserlerinden ilham alınan hayal dünyasının ortasına başarılı bir şekilde oturtulmuş olduğunu fark etmek benim için biraz olsun teselli oldu sanırım.
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Syrie James is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including Jane Austen's First Love, The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, Nocturne, Dracula My Love, Forbidden, and The Harrison Duet: Songbird and Propositions. Her books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages.

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