Godmersham Park

Godmersham Park

Paperback Published on: 05/01/2023
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Godmersham Park
A delightful blend of historical fact and fiction
Set in the early 19th century, this love letter to the life of Jane Austen blends high society politics with female empowerment to create a beautiful narra... READ MORE
Andrew Burrows
Godmersham Park
Don't expect a regency romance
While having echoes of Austen, this historical fiction ended up being too sombre for me to find real enjoyment. Sadly, the exciting relationships that were... READ MORE
Sophie at Windsor


Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for January 2023 On 21 January 1804, Anne Sharpe arrives at Godmersham Park in Kent to take up the position of governess. At 31 years old, she has no previous experience of either teaching or fine country houses. Her mother has died, and she has nowhere else to go. Anne is left with no choice. For her new charge - twelve-year-old Fanny Austen - Anne's arrival is all novelty and excitement. The governess role is a uniquely awkward one. Anne is neither one of the servants, nor one of the family, and to balance a position between the 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' members of the household is a diplomatic chess game. One wrong move may result in instant dismissal. Anne knows that she must never let down her guard. When Mr Edward Austen's family comes to stay, Anne forms an immediate attachment to Jane. They write plays together, and enjoy long discussions. However, in the process, Anne reveals herself as not merely pretty, charming and competent; she is clever too. Even her sleepy, complacent mistress can hardly fail to notice. Meanwhile Jane's brother, Henry, begins to take an unusually strong interest in the lovely young governess... And from now on, Anne's days at Godmersham Park are numbered.

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9781529158922
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 300g
  • Dimensions: 192 x 128 x 30 mm

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Godmersham Park
Friend of Jane Austin, with her own story
Based on a true friendship between Jane Austen and Anne Sharp. This is the story of a society woman, with a complete education suddenly abandoned by her fa... READ MORE
Bri C
Godmersham Park
Perfect for fans of Jane Austen!
As a fan of Jane Austen this was a perfect read for me. Gill Hornby has clearly researched Jane Austen so well that this book is an absolute joy to read. L... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Godmersham Park
A fictional look at the experience of Anne Sharp at an Austen Family home
This novel is an immersive, stylish read in the world of Jane Austen whose brother owned the Park of the title, and employed Anne Sharp from 1804. The narr... READ MORE
Godmersham Park
Ideal for Jane Austen lovers
This novel is based on Jane Austen's family who lived at Godmersham Park during her lifetime. The story centers around their Governess Anne, who is employe... READ MORE
Beverley Hearn
Godmersham Park
Not really worth the time
It’s a well-written book and I love the nostalgia it brings as a Jane Austen fan. However, ultimately nothing happens. I understand it’s to a degree biogra... READ MORE