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Writing Jane Austen
Writing Jane Austen
Author: Elizabeth Aston
Critically acclaimed and award-winning -- but hardly bestselling -- author Georgina Jackson can’t get past the first chapter of her second book. When she receives an urgent email from her agent, Georgina is certain it’s bad news. Shockingly, she’s offered a commission to complete a newly discovered manuscript by a major ninetee...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781416587873
ISBN-10: 141658787X
Publication Date: 4/13/2010
Pages: 320
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Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Paperback
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Georgina Jackson has forty-eight chapters written for her sophomore novel, except they're all Chapter One. She simply can't move forward. When her agent rings and demands a meeting, she knows there's going to be sharp words exchanged.

Instead, Georgina's in for a shock. She's being offered the role of a lifetime, an opportunity most authors would kill to achieve. Someone recently discovered a never-before-seen chapter of a Jane Austen novel. It's been authenticated and her agent demands that Georgina finish the book.

Georgina knows nothing about Jane Austen and she has no desire to start learning. However, the advance would be substantial, and when Georgina discovers that the monies might be her only chance at remaining in England, she agrees to write the book in twelve weeks.

First, she must learn about Jane Austen, and then she must come up with an idea, and transfer that idea into a manuscript. Georgina's certain she's doomed to fail, but with her landlord, Henry, his sister, Maud, and flatmate, Anna, propping her up, she just might be able to accomplish the impossible.

Elizabeth Aston writes an amusing tale about the discovery of Jane Austen after avoiding the author like the plague. She humorously focuses on the pains of writing, including the need for many breaks, procrastination techniques, and how to duck phone calls and dodge unwanted visitors. She details the joys and annoyances of friendships and adds a dash of romance to this entertaining read.
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The central character of this book, Georgina Jackson, is so annoying that I was tempted to just put this book down and move on. But something kept me going on and in the end I am glad I did. There are some wonderful passages, astute insights into Jane Austen's life, some delightful supporting characters, particularly Henry and Maud -- Georgina's landlord and his 14-year-old sister, and ultimately this is an illuminating book about the process of creating a work of fiction. This book does have problems, but I think once you get past them there is a decent read here.