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Jane Austen is one of England’s most famous and beloved writers. Two centuries after her death, her novels are still being widely read and – together with the many movie adaptations and spin-offs – continue to win new fans today.
Jane Austen’s England is the first (and only!) travel guide devoted to exploring locations in England that have a unique connection with either Austen herself, her work, and/or the adaptations of her books.
It is a must-have for Austen fans, but it will also guide anyone who loves England as much as Austen did to delightful new discoveries in the British countryside and cities.
Why do we need your help?
Many Janeites from countries around the world have expressed great interest in a guidebook like this – but it is now only available in Dutch! We would really like to have it translated into English to make it accessible to them. Unfortunately, a translation is a costly thing – and the book is more than 300 pages long! With this Kickstarter campaign, you can help make it possible by buying one or more copies in advance, or by making a donation.
The guidebook starts with background information about Jane Austen’s life and the time she lived in. This is followed by descriptions of more than 200 locations that are clustered into nine different chapters – each covering a specific geographical region in England.
Each location in the book includes its history, an extensive description of the link with Austen, and practical information such as address, phone number and opening hours. Included throughout are walks, interviews, and quotes from Austen’s works and private letters that make the guidebook entertaining – as well as informative – to read.
The last chapters provide an overview of film locations per adaptation, and a description of three themed road-trips by car: Pride and Prejudice 1995 in 4 days, Pride and Prejudice 2005 in 5 days and Jane Austen’s Hampshire in 7 days. The text is richly illustrated with colour photographs. Regions and large cities are accompanied by detailed maps.
- Full colour
- Width: 13,5 cm / 5.3 inch
- Height: 21 cm / 8.3 inch
- Number of pages: ca. 300
- Including ca. 17 maps and over 120 photographs
Already published in The Netherlands
Jane Austen’s England was written in Dutch by journalist, photographer and ‘Janeite’ Karin Quint. In 2013 she travelled through England and visited each location. Het Engeland van Jane Austen was published in the spring of 2014 by the renowned Dutch publisher Gottmer. So far, it’s doing very well in the Netherlands – a second edition was just published in July 2016.
What will the funds be used for?
A large part of the funds will go to translation costs. Other expenses they will cover include production, printing, distribution/shipping and Kickstarter fees.
Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. No one will be charged for a pledge towards a project unless it reaches its funding goal.
2017 is an important year: it is not only the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, but it’s also when the new 10 pound banknote featuring her image will be issued. Many Jane Austen fans will want to visit England to experience some of the many events that will be organised (or to be one of the first to pay with the Austen banknote!), and such a guide will help them get the utmost out of their visit.