Author Collins Hemingway Hosts Book Launch for The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: Volume II at Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England

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Lecture will focus on the Regency world that framed Austen's novels

Author Collins Hemingway will officially launch Volume II of The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Trilogy, a new historical novel based on Austen’s life, on the opening day of the Jane Austen Festival on Saturday, 10 September, in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, England. During the event, Hemingway will give a lecture about the history, politics, and science of the greater Regency world that framed Austen’s novels and give a reading from his newest novel.

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen tells a spirited, affecting love story during an exciting, turbulent time. Set in the “lost years” of her twenties – a period of which historians know virtually nothing – the trilogy reveals the story of a talented, passionate woman fully engaging with a man who is very much her equal. The series resolves the biggest mysteries of Austen’s life:

  •     Why the enduring rumors of a lost love or tragic affair?
  •     Why, afterward, did the vivacious Austen prematurely put on the “cap of middle age” and close off any thoughts of love?
  •     Why, after her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters and journals?

Reviewers have praised The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen for the quality of the writing, its compelling love story, its sensitive treatment of the historical Austen, and its meticulous research.

Readers have called the series as “a magical tale,” “one of the best love stories I have read in a long time,” and “wickedly clever!” Critics have described the content as “an imaginative journey of the soul.”

"The book launch in Bath, Jane Austen’s one-time home during the early 1800s, is a 'full-circle' milestone for me," said Hemingway. "It was nearly 10 years ago when I was visiting Bath that I was inspired to write a story about Austen which respectfully reimagined her life during the Regency era. A decade later, I’m returning to Bath to launch the second volume of the trilogy that, I hope, does justice to her voice.”

Event details
The lecture and book reading are open to the public.

  •     Date: 10 September, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00pm
  •     Location: The Kingston Room at The Pump Room
  •     The Roman Baths, Stall Street, Bath BA1 1LZ
  •     Tel: 1225 477785
  •     RSVP to info(at)austenmarriage(dot)com

The novel is now available at Amazon and Jane Austen Books and information about The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy can be found at the Austen Marriage website.

About The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen
The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen examines how a serious romantic relationship would have changed Jane Austen as a person and a writer, using historical fiction to provide a thoughtful, in-depth look at what life was really like for women in the early 1800s. The trilogy plunges the protagonist into the period’s scientific advances, political foment, wars that were among the longest and most devastating in European history—and into a serious relationship with a man very much her equal.

Austen achieved success as an author during the years of 1811 to 1816 with her novels Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), and the joint publication of Northanger Abbey/Persuasion shortly after her death in 1817.

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