Hey-ho Janeites! Do you have plans for the weekend? While international and local travel is restricted during the pandemic, would you like to visit Jane Austen’s England from the safety of your armchair?
It is great to know that we can still visit Jane Austen country via Jane Was Here. This copiously illustrated travel guide takes us to all of the hot spots in Austenland: London, Chawton, Bath, Lyme Regis, and the Peak District. Authors Nicole Jacobsen and Devynn Dayton have planned out a delightful itinerary illustrated by Lexi K. Nilson.
There are several tour guides available in print for those who would like to plan their pilgrimage to England to walk in Jane Austen’s footsteps. This guide is different: you can use it like Austen-culture flashcards skimming through the different homes, stately manor houses, seaside and mountain areas in which Jane traveled herself, featured in her novels, or in the TV and movie adaptations. The unique, colorful, and whimsical illustrations complement the locations and facts, inspiring the reader to research the areas further.
Here is further information to entice you to explore this clever, insightful homage to our favorite author. Please check out the giveaway chance to win a copy at the end of the post. Good luck to all.
Jane Was Here is a whimsical, illustrated guide to Jane Austen’s England – from the settings in her novels and the scenes in the wildly popular television and film adaptations to her homes and other important locations throughout her own life.
Discover the stately homes of Basildon Park and Ham House and the lush landscapes of Stourhead and Stanage Edge. Tread in Jane’s footsteps as you explore her school in the old gatehouse of the ruined Reading Abbey; her perfectly-preserved home in her Chawton cottage, where she spent the last eight years of her life; or her final resting place in Winchester Cathedral.
Whether you want to take this book as your well-thumbed guide on a real Austenian pilgrimage of your own, or experience the journey from the comfort of your own living room, Jane Was Here will take you – with a tone as wry as Jane’s itself – on an enchanting adventure through the ups and downs of the world of Jane Austen.
Introducing Jane, About this book, Which Janeite are You?, Meet the Austens, Timeline, What You’ll See, What You’ll Need, Map of Jane’s UK, Ways to Travel
I. London & Surrounds
London, Manners & Amusements, Expected Horrors, Dorney Court, Ham House, Reading, Basildon Park, Doors
II. The South
Groombridge Place, Chawton, Letters to Cassandra, Winchester, Horticulture
Portsmouth, Who’s Shuffling?, Southampton, Seaside I Spy, Lyme Regis, Hartland Quay & Blackpool, Mill Cottage, Roadside Views, Road Signs
IV. Bath & Beyond
Stourhead, Bath, Assembly Halls, Ballroom Babbling, Lacock, Dogs
V. Peak District
Stanage Edge, Lyme Park, On Holiday with the Gardiners, Chatsworth, Love a Cup, Georgian Teatime
VI. East Midlands
Burghley House & Gardens, Belton House, Sketch & Paint en Plein Air, Teigh Old Rectory, Kirby Hall
Dressing Regency, Trip Trivia, Our Itinerary, Resources, About the Authors, Index
- Nicole Jacobsen is a literature graduate with an interest in exploring 18th Century female authors and has contributed to projects with the Wordsworth Trust.
- Devynn MacLennan Dayton has worked with Nike, Stance, and Tai Pei, and brings her communications expertise to bear on this new project.
- Lexi K. Nilson has a BFA in illustration, and previous children’s book projects include The Many Masks of Margo Magnolia.
Jane Was Here: An Illustrated Guide to Jane Austen’s England, by Nicole Jacobsen, Devynn MacLennan, & Lexi Nilson
Hardie Grant; Illustrated edition (June 9, 2020)
Hardcover (128) pages
Enter a chance to win one hardcover copy of Jane Was Here by leaving a comment about what intrigues you about the book before 11:59 pm Pacific Time, August 6, 2020, continental US residents only. The winner will be selected at random from the comments and announced on this post on August 7, 2020. We will contact the winner via e-mail, and they have until August 14, 2020, to claim their prize. Good luck to all.
Cover image and illustrations complements of Hardie Grant © 2020; text Laurel Ann Nattress © 2020, Austenprose.com