As well as being the home of Jane Austen's apothecary, Alton's High Street was also the location of the bank founded by Jane's brother, Henry Austen.
We are delighted to have E. J. Clery visiting the Allen Gallery on Regency Day to sign copies of her new book 'Jane Austen: The Banker's Sister'.
When it was announced that Jane Austen would appear on the new £10 note in 2017, few were aware that a £10 Austen banknote already existed – issued by her favourite brother. Handsome, clever and enterprising, Henry Austen founded a bank business in Alton and charmed his way into the top rank of aristocratic society before going spectacularly bust in the financial crash of 1816. He left an enduring legacy, however, for it was Henry who supported Jane’s dream of becoming a published author.
Literary critic and cultural historian E. J. Clery presents a radically new vision of the much-loved novelist, revealing how her works were shaped by an acute awareness of the economic scandals, crises and speculations that marked the Regency era.
Jane Austen: The Banker’s Sister provides a fascinating reappraisal of the political connections and economic interests of the Austen family, and an engaging exploration of the bond between brother and sister. It will change the way Jane Austen’s life and novels are understood.
The signing will take place in the Allen Gallery at 11:00am, the cafe will be open as usual serving drinks, cakes and ice creams. Why not relax in the delightful garden with a coffee and your new book?