Review

Review: Godmersham Park brings to life a shadowy figure in the life of Jane Austen

By Anna Creer
July 1 2022 - 2:00pm
Godmersham Park in Kent. Picture: Shutterstock
  • Godmersham Park, by Gill Hornby. Century, $32.99.

Jane Austen's last letter from Chawton in May 1817, before she left for Winchester to die, was to Anne Sharp, calling her "my dearest Anne" and herself "your attached friend". However, there is no mention of a friendship between Jane Austen and Anne Sharp in her nephew James Austen-Leigh's memoir of 1870.

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