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Sanditon: Completed by Another Lady


Out of print for more than 20 years, this novel—an 11-chapter fragment at Austen's death completed with seamless artistry by an Austen aficionado and novelist—is a wonderful addition to Austen's beloved books.
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Out of print for more than 20 years, this novel—an 11-chapter fragment at Austen's death completed with seamless artistry by an Austen aficionado and novelist—is a wonderful addition to Austen's beloved books.
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Editorial Reviews

Gail Godwin
A faithful and imaginative collaboration…Austin herself would have chuckled at some of the turns in the plot.
Chicago Tribune Book World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684843421
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 586,075
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Austen
Jane Austen's delightful, carefully wrought novels of manners remain surprisingly relevant, nearly 200 years after they were first published. Her novels -- Pride and Prejudice and Emma among them -- are those rare books that offer us a glimpse at the mores of a specific period while addressing the complexities of love, honor, and responsibility that still intrigue us today.


In 1801, George Austen retired from the clergy, and Jane, Cassandra, and their parents took up residence in Bath, a fashionable town Jane liked far less than her native village. Jane seems to have written little during this period. When Mr. Austen died in 1805, the three women, Mrs. Austen and her daughters, moved first to Southampton and then, partly subsidized by Jane's brothers, occupied a house in Chawton, a village not unlike Jane's first home. There she began to work on writing and pursued publishing once more, leading to the anonymous publication of Sense and Sensibility in 1811 and Pride and Prejudice in 1813, to modestly good reviews.

Known for her cheerful, modest, and witty character, Jane Austen had a busy family and social life, but as far as we know very little direct romantic experience. There were early flirtations, a quickly retracted agreement to marry the wealthy brother of a friend, and a rumored short-lived attachment -- while she was traveling -- that has not been verified. Her last years were quiet and devoted to family, friends, and writing her final novels. In 1817 she had to interrupt work on her last and unfinished novel, Sanditon, because she fell ill. She died on July 18, 1817, in Winchester, where she had been taken for medical treatment. After her death, her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published, together with a biographical notice, due to the efforts of her brother Henry. Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

Author biography courtesy of Barnes & Noble Books.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      December 16, 1775
    2. Place of Birth:
      Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      July 18, 1817
    2. Place of Death:
      Winchester, Hampshire, England
    1. Education:
      Taught at home by her father

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Very nice completion of Jane Austen's work.

    I greatly enjoyed reading Sanditon. The transition from Jane Austen's to Another Lady's writing was very well done. The only clue I had that the writers changed was in the vocabulary. There were sections in Jane Austen's work that were more difficult to understand. The remaining chapters still used vocabulary consistent with Austen's work and the time period but were more easily understood. The story includes twists and turns in plot, opportunity to smile and chuckle, a few surprises (which in hindsight were quite logical)and, of course, a happy Jane Austen ending, though you aren't sure how it's going to happen until it does. I highly recommend Sanditon to any Jane Austen fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

    Wonderful Read!

    Sanditon is about a young lady, Charlotte Heywood, who goes to spend time at a seaside resort with family friends for the summer. Charlotte is a conservative, proper, levelheaded girl. During her visit Charlotte meets Sidney Parker who is the adult brother of her hosts. Sidney is a charismatic character who is always trying to help his friends. The young people of Sanditon meet daily for recreation; this provides an opportunity for Sidney and Charlotte to become acquainted. True to Austen's style, there are many occurrences that lead the reader to where they weren't expecting to go.

    Sanditon has many characters that show people's common foibles. As shown in this quote which gives us insight into the character Miss Diana: "It was true that for the past two days Charlotte had carried many urgent messages for Miss Diana and had been summoned by her so many times that the Parkers could be excused for believing she was greatly involved in all their sister's bustling activities. But it was also true that she had spent most of those two days sitting in the drawing room of Number Four doing nothing whatsoever except wait for Miss Diana to return with fresh orders."

    Jane Austen is well known for Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and other novels. In my opinion Sanditon would have been just as well known had Austen not died before she completed it. The book was left with only eleven chapters completed, and would have remained so had not the "Other Lady" come along to finish this wonderful book. I would never have guessed there were two authors; the seamlessness between Austen's and the "Other Lady's" writing is impeccable. If you are used to Austen's style, it is an easy and enjoyable read. The book is predictable Austen style, but it does have some unexpected twists and turns. Sanditon is a great book for travel, the weekend, or a rainy day spent in bed. I would definitely read this book again, and recommend it.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    This book was fantastic and I believe that Jane Austen would have been very pleased with it. The Author's style of writing was so much like Austen's that I would have never guessed that Austen didn't finish it herself. I have read this book several times and enjoyed it every time. If you are a Jane Austen fan like I am, then you will love this completed version. I have read others that have tried to compare with Austen in their writings but none really come close. I believe you'll love the characters and the setting of this book, and won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    I found this last Jane Austen publication up to her high standard of writing and plot. She handled the characters differently from her earlier books and that made this book intriguing. Her handling of 18th century gossip and lifestyles was fun and

    showed that the 18th century had its share of people who would be better than their neighbours and friends and tried very hard to prove that point. I did find her sense of sarcastic humor matched our present day styles of humor. All in all I am glad I could read the book after I had read all her others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    Seamless Artistry

    The 'Lady' has seamlessly completed a feat only a true Austen aficionado could endeavour. Although the change of writer is noticeable (barely), her language, plot, and style are reminiscent of an author who has captured hearts throughout the decades.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2005

    Very Good

    This 'other lady' gave this book the same feel as Jane Austen, and analized the characters and plot set up correctly. The ending was romantic enought to make me wish that the book had never ended. I had always wished that Jane Austen had written more, and this was close enough to my wish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    A Worthy Effort

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jane Austen. I always told myself I would not read anything that wasn't completed by her, but I gave in because I just want more of her writing. 'Another Lady' did a very good job and I think Jane Austen would have been pleased by the outcome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2003

    A great read

    After I finished the first eleven chapters, I knew that the rest of the book would not be the works of Jane Austen's mind. At first this bothered me, wondering what Austen would write after reading every paragraph, but 'another lady' did such a good job, I almost lost sight that Austen did not in fact write what I was now reading. I enjoyed it very much and would reccomend it to any Jane Austen fan who is looking for a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2001

    A review from a REAL Austen fan

    Maybe I set myself up. I have read ALL of JA's books numerous times including her fragmented novels. This is the first book I have read continuing one of her stories. I guess I expected it to be more like the original author's. The book was too easy to read. As anyone who has read JA's works they are difficult to read and you really have to understand the language and get involved. Words are used that you don't hear anymore like amiable, incommode and aggrandizement. One big plot twist was in the novel that was SO NOT Jane Austen. But for a romance novel it was good. I was just expecting something else (like the incarnate of Jane Austen.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2000

    The opinion of a devoted Austen Fan

    The woman who finished what must have been a great novel had Jane Austen herself lived to finish it, has stuck true to all Austen standards. I couldn't put the book down. The heroine maintains such good sense while still being able to portray such wit, whether in the midst of a ridiculous situation or a potentially dangerous adventure, is something every female wishes she could live through herself. The setting of a quaint bathing resort trying to make a name for itself is ideal for a romance to start up. I've already recommended the book to several people I know, and to any other Jane Austen fan looking for a story out of the past finally brought to life, Sanditon is wonderful.

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