Where history happened: Jane Austen

Charlotte Hodgman speaks to Paula Byrne, author of The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, a book about the life and loves of the great novelist, and examines eight related places

A portrait of Jane Austen. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the January 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine

Jane Austen: shy, genteel country girl, happy to pen her romantic novels in the peace and quiet of the family home? Or independent go-getting business woman, determined to achieve literary fame? The answer to this question has provoked much debate over past decades.

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