Why we're supporting Jane's Fund
"Jane Austen lived her life in other people's houses, and mostly other people's terms as a dutiful daughter or a helpful spinster aunt. Only when she finally moved to the cottage at Chawton did she find something like a real home. It's lovely to think of her blooming here, settling down at last and becoming a successful novelist. But it's also devastating to think that her final illness began here too. I hope that Jane's Fund will secure the future of this modest - but oh-so-moving - building forever."
“It’s a rare experience to stand on the very spot where some of the best loved novels in the world were written, but that’s what you can do in the Jane Austen Museum at Chawton. If any literary monument ever deserved our support, this modest, charming and atmospheric place is it.”
“Beneath her humorous veneer, Austen is a barbed commentator on the battle between the sexes. As a woman writer, she realised that ‘poetic justice’ is the only true justice in the world - and set about impaling misogynistic enemies on the end of her pen...It was Jane Austen who made me want to write novels so that I too could comedically knee-cap the pompous, the pretentious and the patriarchal. Jane’s former home must be protected as a place of inspiration for future generations.”
Lucy Worsley cr. Sophia Spring, Joanna Trollope cr. Barker Evans, Kathy Lette cr, Liz McAulay Woman & Home