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"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."

Needlework was the common denominator of female experience in Georgian times and Jane Austen excelled with a needle. Here, our guest blogger Jennie Batchelor,  Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Kent, celebrates the considerable craft skills of our favourite novelist. As we all know, Jane Austen was

Jane Austen might never have married, but her life had plenty of love interest and, as a letter recently acquired by the Jane Austen House Museum and the Bodleian Library suggests, many of the romantic heroes and amorous adventures that fill her novels are drawn from personal experience.