The books listed below, published on behalf of the Society, cover a range of subjects related to the work, life and times of Jane Austen.

Their content has been rigorously researched by the authors or editors, and much of the material is unavailable elsewhere.

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Reminiscences of Caroline Austen

Edited by Deirdre Le Faye. Published 1986, revised 2004. pp86

An annotated collection of memories from 1804 to 1874, written by Caroline Austen in the early 1870s, instigated by James Edward Austen Leigh’s interest in creating a memoir of their aunt Jane Austen and her immediate family. Written in diary form.


My Aunt Jane Austen: A Memoir by Caroline Austen

Published 1991 (first published 1952). pp 22

The recollections of Jane Austen’s niece, Caroline Mary Craven Austen, daughter of James and born 1805, were written in March 1867 and cover the time she first remembers her aunt at Chawton to the date of Jane’s death in 1817.

Includes the short Recollections of John White, 1820-1921, of the village of Chawton and the villagers during that period.


Jane Austen in Bath

by Jean Freeman (revised edition) 2002 (first published 1969). pp 64

There have been changes in the city since this book was first published, but the squares and crescents remain as a factual background to Jane Austen’s novels, particularly Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, and to Jane’s own acquaintance with Bath through her visits and later residence there.


Godmersham Park, Kent – before, during, and since Jane Austen’s day

by Nigel Nicolson. Published 1996. pp 35

The book describes this elegant country house, once the home of Jane Austen’s brother Edward, from when it was built in 1732 to the 1990s, commenting on references in Jane Austen’s letters to her visits here. Illustrated.


Jane Austen in Lyme Regis

by Maggie Lane. Published 2003. pp 55

This guide, written in 2003, describes Lyme Regis and its rise as a sea-bathing resort in the early nineteenth century. It is known the Austens visited Lyme in November 1803 and then the summer of 1804. This guide descrbes Jane’s time in Lyme which provided the background to significant events in her novel Persuasion.


Jane Austen’s Steventon

by Deirdre Le Faye. Published 2007. pp 60

Historical overview of Steventon, with specific reference to buildings and other aspects linked to Jane Austen.


Jane Austen’s Family and Tonbridge

by Margaret Wilson. Published in 2001 in association with the Kent Branch. pp 60

An interesting account of the Austen family’s connections in Kent from 1560, starting with John Austen I and including Jane Austen’s father who taught at Tonbridge School before his marriage. The author, a local historian, includes information about the Austen family both in Tonbridge and elsewhere in Kent.

Jane Austen: Collected Poems and Verse of the Austen family

Edited by David Selwyn. Published in 1996 in association with Carcanet Press. pp 108

This book contains the 17 poems known to have been written by Jane Austen, several poems by her mother, a clever and witty versifier, as well as charades, poems and riddles by other members of the family circle. Fully annotated.


The Complete Poems of James Austen

Edited (with an introduction and notes) by David Selwyn. Published 2003. pp 190

This volume provides for the first time an opportunity to enjoy all the poetry written by Jane Austen’s eldest brother – the amusing prologues and epilogues to the Steventon theatricals, the affectionate verses for his children, and the lyrical descriptions of the Hampshire landscape he loved so much.

Fugitive Pieces: the poems of James Edward Austen-Leigh, Jane Austen’s nephew and biographer

Edited (with an Introduction and Notes) by David Selwyn. Published 2006. pp 138

The 43 poems, many of them written in his youth, together with riddles and charades, are interspersed with charming silhouette pictures by James Edward Austen-Leigh. Two of the poems are written to and about Jane Austen herself, and many of the others are to or about family members.


Jane Austen: A Celebration

Edited by Maggie Lane and David Selwyn, with a Foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales (published in association with Carcanet Press). Published 2000. pp 96

To mark the millennium, this volume presents a collection of views of Jane Austen from 66 distinguished contributors from all walks of life: writers, politicians, sports people, actors and others. Many of these short pieces have been specially written for the book giving the author’s individual take on Jane Austen.


The Letters of Mrs Lefroy

Edited by Helen Lefroy and Gavin Turner. Published 2007. pp 258

Including illustrations, biographical and topographical indices and family pedigrees, this book contains letters written by Mrs Lefroy, the wife of the rector of Ashe, a village close to Steventon, who, despite a 25 year age gap, was a close friend of Jane Austen. There is a short family history, followed by letters, mainly to her son Edward, from 1800 to her death in 1804.