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Jane & D'Arcy
Wal Walker - Fri 12 May 2017

Please join us for the Canberra launch of Jane & D'Arcy: Volume 1 - Folly is not always folly by Wal Walker

Friday May 12
5.45 for 6.00pm

Telephone 6295 6723 or

Jane Austen was a lively, headstrong and determined woman who lived a very full and exciting youth. In her thirties, she published four wonderful novels, but never disclosed her name. After she died, in 1817, her family destroyed most of her letters, and steadfastly refused to discuss her life. Her niece Caroline Austen wrote, "a memoir of Miss Jane Austen has often been asked for, and strangers…have wondered that the family should have refused to supply the necessary materials."

Fifty-two years after her death, her nephew, Rev. James Edward Austen-Leigh, responded to growing public interest, with a Memoir of Jane Austen. He said very little about her youth, and admitted the family had suppressed her early stories, describing them as, "ridiculing the improbable events and exaggerated sentiments which she had met with in sundry silly romances. He stated that Jane’s life was, singularly barren: few changes and no great crisis ever broke the smooth current of its course; and declared he had no definite tale of love to relate."

Most, if not all of Jane Austen’s readers simply didn’t believe him.

Virginia Woolf wrote, "I prefer to present her, not in the modest pose which her family determined for her, but rather, as she most frequently presented herself, as rebellious, satirical and wild."

After more than two hundred years, Jane & D’Arcy reveals the story of the enduring love of Jane Austen and D’Arcy Wentworth, the real Mr Darcy.

Over time, the Austens’ secrecy was reinforced by D’Arcy’s silence. A tall, handsome young Irish surgeon, he had left England for New South Wales, on the other side of the world.

The day before he sailed, Jane’s brother, Henry, reflecting his family’s sentiments, applauded "the world" for getting "rid of its superfluous inhabitants, all those who have too much cunning or too little money, shipped off with the very first cargo of Convicts to Botany Bay."

Despite time and distance, D’Arcy remained the fixed star in Jane’s firmament.

Folly is Not Always Folly is the first volume of Jane & D’Arcy, the second, Such Talent & Such Success, is to follow. They tell the long lost story of the romance and adventures of Jane Austen and D'Arcy Wentworth that will move and delight readers, and revitalise Austen scholarship.

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