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Books by Helen Amy

  • The Austen Girls

    Helen Amy

    Product Code: BYAAT
    Hardback
    Jane and Cassandra Austen were the closest of sisters from early childhood. Cassandra was the most important person in Jane's life; Jane looked up to and adored her older sister, who was devoted to her in return. As well as sharing the same education, interests, friends and Christian faith, the inseparable sisters supported each other through various emotional crises and family troubles. Most importantly, Cassandra, who was privy to Jane's imaginary world, supported and encouraged her in her writing. The Austen Girls explores the lives of the Austen sisters and traces their relationship throughout Jane's life and literary career, until Jane's premature death at the age of forty-one. It also looks at Cassandra's life after the loss of her sister. `I Jane Austen of the Parish of Chawton do ... give and bequeath to my dearest Sister Cassandra Elizabeth every thing of which I may die possessed, or which may be hereafter due to me... I appoint my said dear Sister the Executrix of this my last Will & Testament.' Jane Austen, 27 April 1817. The bequest included the manuscripts of Jane's unpublished and unfinished novels.
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  • The Jane Austen Marriage Manual

    Helen Amy

    Product Code: BBBNY
    Paperback
    'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife' Pride & Prejudice. A strict code of conduct governed courtship and marriage in Regency England during the period in which Jane Austen's novels were set, broadly 1796 to 1816. At a time when womens' only real ambition appeared to be achieving a successful match, young women of the gentry class had to learn and adhere to these rules. What was a girl to do? How should a mother direct her eligible (or not so eligible) daughter? Many turned to the etiquette manuals and 'conduct books' made available by a burgeoning publishing industry to advise young women in search of a husband. The Jane Austen Marriage Manual draws from this pool of early 'how to' popular literature, including many extensive facsimile extracts from the books read by Jane and her contemporaries (and actually referred to in her novels), as well as Jane's own experiences. It traces the many stages of courtship (and its potential pitfalls) from a girl's first entry into society through to her wedding day and beyond...
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