This week’s been pretty packed so far and it’s not over yet! Monday brought a trip delivering my husband’s paintings to the Hampshire Art Fair and, as I found myself in Jane Austen country again, I couldn’t miss visiting her resting place in Winchester Cathedral. It’s the most amazing building and you could easily lose yourself there for hours but I had a very specific job to do – making notes for the final scene of my novel.
It was really moving seeing Jane Austen’s grave and remembering how young she was when she died – just 42. And we visited number 8 College Street – the house in which she spent her last days. Here it is below – the bay window was her bedroom.
Here’s Jane’s grave in the north aisle of the cathedral.
And, in the spirit of my heroine, I lit a candle in her memory.
Wednesday morning brought a telephone interview on BBC Radio Oxford. Click here to listen to the show – it should be up for a few days. Once again, I was asked – as a romantic novelist – for my opinion on pre-nuptial agreements and you can hear exactly what I think at about nineteen minutes into the show!
The rest of the week has been spent on the novel and it’s going at a cracking pace at the moment which is is just as well as the next few days will be spent away from my desk but more about that later …