Hodder & Stoughton has commissioned Lucy Worsley to write a major new biography of Jane Austen, for the bicentenary of Austen’s death in 2017.
Assistant editor Maddy Price bought world rights to the book, provisionally titled At Home with Jane Austen, from Felicity Bryan at Felicity Bryan Associates.
In the book Worsley considers what home meant to Jane, and tells her story through the rooms, spaces, possessions and places which mattered to her.
Price said: "I have long admired and enjoyed Lucy Worsley’s books and television work, and I am thrilled to be publishing her biography of Jane Austen, another hero of mine. Lucy’s knowledge of the period makes her the perfect biographer and her wonderful writing style will truly bring Jane Austen and her world to life."
Worsley said: "Like many people I can’t remember when I first read a Jane Austen novel, I seem always to have known the stories. Her novels created so many of our ideas, even today, about happiness, marriage and relationships, and indeed about the nature of love. I am hugely excited about this project and to begin revisiting the places where those iconic characters and stories were created."
At Home with Jane Austen will be published in hardback, trade paperback and e-book in 2017.