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Have been a Kim Wilson fan since reading her books In the Garden with Jane Austen and Tea with Jane Austen. Her latest work At Home with Jane Austen, a luscious coffee table book, promises a virtual tour of the places Austen called home. Some of these homes were permanent residences and others were temporary: the sites of visits to wealthy relatives or seaside holidays with her family.
Though Jane changed her residence many times, family and home remained the emotional center of her life. She expressed her love of home in her work, creating heroes and heroines who also cherish the idea of home.,
At Home with Jane Austen packs first and foremost visual appeal. The 120 full-color illustrations are not the handful that Janeites have come to expect when Austen’s life is discussed. Historical illustrations provide a time machine into the life and customs of Georgian England while high-quality professional photography conveys a feeling of intimacy with the places Austen lived, worked, and visited. The photographs of Chawton Cottage are especially evocative, enabling the viewer to imagine real life, Austen’s life, while she lived there. The Chawton chapter also includes one of my favorite images: a watercolor of the cottage that was probably done by Austen’s niece Anna: