Inspiration and Advice from the World’s Best-Loved Novelist
By Rebecca Smith
Published by Bloomsbury,
8th September 2016 Hardback £16.99,
Also available as an audiobook from Audible
A delightful and informative guide to writing the Jane Austen way, by the five-times-great niece of Austen herself.
Whether you’re a creative writing enthusiast looking to publish your first novel, a teacher searching for further inspiration for students, or fan seeking insight into Austen’s daily rituals, this is an essential companion, guaranteed to satisfy, inform and delight.
Jane Austen is one of the most beloved writers in the English literary canon. Her novels changed the landscape of fiction forever, and her writing remains as fresh, entertaining and witty as the day her books were first published.
Bursting with useful exercises, beautiful illustrations and enlightening quotations from the classic author’s novels and letters – and written by none other than Austen’s five-times-great-niece – this book will teach you her methods, tips and tricks, from techniques of plotting and characterisation through to dialogue and suspense. Pre-order here for £13.99.
“Winning and beguiling ... Smith shares Jane Austen’s clarity and gentle irony”
Independent, on ‘Bluebird Café’
Rebecca Smith teaches creative writing at the University of Southampton, and is the author of three novels: The Bluebird Café, Happy Birthday and All That and A Bit of Earth as well as a work of nonfiction, Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas. Her first novel for children, Shadow Eyes, was shortlisted for the 2012 Kelpies Prize. From 2009–2010 she was the Writer in Residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton. She lives in Southampton.
Rebecca had her book launch at the Jane Austen House Museum, Saturday 10th September. Rebecca's links with the museum go back to when she was Writer in Residence and she continues to work closely with the Museum. You can read the lovely speech from the launch here.
Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @RMSmithAuthor