History | Did Jane Austen have a scandalous affair with an Australian colonial pioneer?

By Mike Scanlon
May 8 2022 - 5:00am
STARTLING: Did Jane Austen disguise real events as fiction in her major work, Pride and Prejudice? Picture: Courtesy BBC Archives

MANY people love author Jane Austen. She's a feminist icon who has inspired or influenced whole generations at one time or another. Not bad for a Regency romance novelist (1775-1817) whose six major books have never really been out of print.

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