Every Jane Austen fan dreams of visiting her England – strolling through the Georgian streets of Bath in the footsteps of Catherine Morland; visiting Lyme Regis where Louisa Musgrove jumped from the Cobb seawall missing the arms of Captain Wentworth; picnicking on Box Hill like Emma Woodhouse and her party from HIghbury; touring Austen’s haunts of Regency London; and exploring her last home at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. It is the ultimate pilgrimage to experience the rolling hills of her England, her fabled country homes, and the cities she frequented and wrote about in her novels.
Planning a trip like this could take months of research, or the services of a skilled company who specializes in Austen tours. Imagine having all that knowledge and expertise at your fingertips in one beautifully illustrated and detailed book?
Karin Quint’s new travel guide, Jane Austen’s England claims to be the “first and only travel guide that focuses on Austen’s life, work, and legacy.” Hmm? There are many other Austen-themed travel guides in print, but I do agree that this takes it to an entirely different level by focusing on her life, work, world, and country. Here is a preview of this new guide.
Walk in Jane Austen’s footsteps with this unique travel guide – the first book to explore England in relation to its most beloved Regency author. Rambling across the rolling fields of Hampshire, along the bustling streets of London and around the golden crescents of Bath, Jane Austen’s England is the perfect companion for any Janeite planning a pilgrimage.
Functionally arranged by region, each chapter tracks down the most iconic scenes from both the big and little screen, as well as the key destinations where Jane lived, danced and wrote. Descriptions of each location are interspersed with biographical anecdotes and local history. Subsections focus on various stately homes that have been featured in every adaptation of every novel, from the beloved Pride and Prejudice television series (1995, Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth) to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016).
With a compilation of websites, seasonal opening hours and tour details, this compact book contains everything you need to immerse yourself in Austen.
A LOOK INSIDE:
“[Jane Austen’s England] makes the reader, and certainly me, feel comfortable and at home as though we are walking along with a friend. This style permeates the guidebook.” — Tony Grant of London Calling
“Part humanities textbook, part travel guide and part biography, I’ve found it far more engaging – and less daunting – than I expected.” — Sharon Corbally of YeahLifestyle.com
Karin Quint discovered Austen aged 20, when she picked up Pride and Prejudice at a flea market. She later realized that she was reading one of the best-loved novels in English literature, and her obsession only grew from there. As well as being a professional journalist and photographer, Quint is an ambassador for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation. She has co-written two other travel guides about Wales and Scotland.
This handsome guidebook is packed with travel information, advice, and delightful Austen trivia. The beautiful color photographs take it to the next level for those who dream of Austen’s England from their armchair, or for those intrepid travelers determined to visit Jane Austen’s realm.
Jane Austen’s England: A Travel Guide, by Karin Quint
ACC Art Books (2019)
Paperback (320) pages
Cover image and interior pages courtesy of ACC Art Books © 2019; Text Laurel Ann Nattress © 2019, Austenprose.com