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Gill Hornby Miss Austen

Miss Austen | Gill Hornby interview

Jane Austen fans will be intrigued to hear Gill Hornby talking about her number one bestseller Miss Austen in this month’s podcast. Inspired by a real-life mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics,  Miss Austen is a thoroughly researched but fictional account of Jane’s older sister Cassandra. A few years before her death, Cassandra famously destroyed almost all the letters from her beloved sister. What secrets was she trying to hide? Kate met up with Gill just before the introduction of social distancing at Chawton Hall, where the Austen sisters had been frequent visitors. There’s a chance to win a signed copy of Gill’s book if you take part in Hampshire Libraries’ Facebook giveaway at the start of June.

It’s audiobook month in June and Mary and Kate met up online with Jenni from Yateley Library to talk about two audiobooks available as unlimited reads on BorrowBox this month: Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, and Chris O’Dowd and Nick Murphy’s Moone Boy: the Blunder Years which is also available unlimited as an eBook.

Kate and Mary also talk about magazines and newspapers you can borrow online at the library. You’ll find more information about this service here.

  • Life After Life was ranked by The Guardian as one of the top 20 books of the 21st century, and follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again.
  • Moone Boy: the Blunder Years is a hilarious children’s book written by TV star Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy. It’s likely to be enjoyed just as much by parents as it is by children: note that it does have some mild language and teen subject matter.


Other titles in our unlimited collection for June include:

  • Little Deaths by Emma Flint
    Our Digital Readers choice for book of the month. You’ll find details of our virtual book club on the Hampshire Libraries Facebook page. Little Deaths is set in 1960s New York and is inspired by a true crime story.
  • Widow’s Revenge by Lynda La Plante
    The sequel to Lynda La Plante’s ground-breaking thriller, Widow.
  • The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason
    See May’s podcast for a review of The Wayward Girls from Ann from Fleet Library. A dark and haunting novel about sisterhood and family secrets.
  • City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
    Winner of the International Dublin Literary Award 2013, described as “hilarious and unpredictable” by Roddy Doyle.
  • Miss You by Kate Eberlen
    Think Versions of Us by Laura Barnett or One Day by David Nicholls: Tess and Gus are meant to be. They just haven’t met properly yet.
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
    The great Norse myths, which have inspired so much of modern fiction, are dazzlingly retold by Neil Gaiman.
  • Jack Reacher: No Middle Name by Lee Child
    The complete Jack Reacher short stories, published together for the first time, from the number one bestseller Lee Child.
  • The Elmer Treasury by David McKee
    A modern classic, Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since his creation in 1989.
  • The Heart Broke In by James Meek
    Shortlisted Costa Novel Award 2012. An old-fashioned story of modern times, a rich, ambitious family drama of love, death and money.
  • The True Story of Maddie Bright by Mary-Rose MacColl
    A spellbinding tale of friendship, love and loyalty.
  • The Expert Guide to Sleeping Well by Chris Idzikowski
    Listening to this audiobook could be the single best thing to boost your health and wellbeing.


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