Becoming immersed in the legacy of this literary figure reminds Julie of the enduring and universal allure of a timeless tale. “For me,” she says, “the appeal lies in Jane Austen’s ability to write about things we can all relate to—family affection and strife, friendship, the longing to be loved for oneself—with insight and sparkling humor.”
Text Melissa Lester
Photography Jane Hope
Look for Julie Klassen’s twelfth book, The Ladies of Ivy Cottage, in December 2017. To learn more about the annual Jane Austen Festival in Bath, read “Remembering Jane Austen” in the September 2017 issue of Victoria.