Jane Austen in Bath: Walking Tours of the Writer’s City is a beautifully illustrated book organized into four walking tours around the city of Bath–where she set both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion–two novels that mirrored her own experience: that of an impressionable, optimistic young girl hoping to meet the man she would marry and later, that of a mature woman disappointed in love. It was in Bath that many of Austen’s own romantic adventures and misadventures occurred, and this book artfully weaves together the story of Austen’s life there with those of her beloved characters.
This guidebook describes the places frequented by Austen and her characters. Readers can stroll along the shady, tree-lined walk where Anne Elliot met Captain Wentworth after he returned from seven years at sea, and visit the galleries that hosted the glittering balls where the impressionable young Catherine Moreland made her debut.
Bath is an exquisite, perfectly preserved Georgian town located in the stunning countryside just an hour and a half from London. It was a spa town in Austen’s day and still is. The streets, crescents, gardens, and buildings look almost exactly the same as they did then. Many of the places that she frequented are still there–visitors can still buy the traditional Sally Lunn rolls at the same bakery/caf? that Austen frequented; enter the famous Pump Rooms and Assembly Rooms where she drank the waters, gossiped, and danced; stroll the unique Georgian crescents and pleasure gardens where she enjoyed fireworks and lavish public breakfasts; and see the homes Austen and her family lived in, some of which are now open to the public.
Jane Austen in Bath is the perfect companion to discovering the vibrant and fashionable social scene of Bath during both Austen’s time and today.
"New entry beautifully illustrated and well-informed." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Follow in the footsteps of one of Britain's greatest writers with Jane Austen in Bath: Walking Tours of the Writer's City." --The Independent [UK]
"This beautifully designed and illustrated book features four walks that weave together Austen in the city that she loved with the characters that populated its streets. It also includes brief listings of relevant museums as well as recommendations for cafe and restaurant stops." --The Chicago Tribune
"A charming new book, Jane Austen in Bath: Walking Tours of the Writer's City, weaves together Austen's own life in Bath with the stories and characters she created. Author Katharine Reeve, who lives in Bath, maps out four walking tours of different sections of the city...Nicely illustrated with period drawings and maps, the guidebook is a must have treasure...For Austen fans, the joy of this elegant little book is walking in the writer's footsteps.” —The Chicago Sun-Times
"This charming hardcover book, perfectly suited for a pocketbook or a backpack, takes you on four walks that reveal the city as [Austen] might have seen it. Wonderfully illustrated with period engravings and maps, this guidebook also includes current information on museums, restaurants, cafes and shopping to help the visitor get the most out of the experience." --Newsday
Is there a hard-core Janeite on your gift list? "Jane Austen in Bath" is a charming little volume of four walking tours of Bath, England, which today looks much as it did in Austen's day and is the locale of two of her most famous novels, "Persuasion" and "Northanger Abbey." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Illustrated with charming period engravings, Jane Austen in Bath: Walking Tours of the Writer's City is a compact guide to the former Roman spa town where the Austen family lived between 1801 and 1806. Bath resident Katharine Reeve follows in the footsteps of Austen herself, as well as her heroines Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey) and Anne Elliot (Persuasion), with stops at the Pump Room--the one-time meeting place of Bath's fashionable set--the astonishing Royal Crescent, and Sally Lunn's Bakery, where Austen filled up on Bath buns." --Culture and Travel
"Fans of Jane Austen can tread in the British author's historic footsteps on four walking tours of her hometown haunts presented in a new guidebook. Jane Austen in Bath, by Katharine Reeve, invites readers back to 1811 when an impressionable 24-year-old Austen moved to the cosmopolitan city from the countryside and discovered the city that would become the setting for two of her works, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. Each tour offers travelers background and quotes about Austen haunts in Bath, including the famous Pump Room and Assembly Rooms, where she socialized, and the local gardens where she took breakfast and watched fireworks. The hardbound edition features colorful period illustrations and maps, museum listings and information on cafes and restaurants that date from the 19th century." --Orlando Sentinel
"Bath, England figures largely in the life and novels of Jane Austen. In Jane Austen in Bath, author Katharine Reeve pays tribute to Austen and the English spa city that provided the setting for two of her novels.....In the four "Walks" in the book, Reeve weaves the story of Austen's life among the picturesque city's parks, boulevards, unique crescents and magnificent architectural splendors such as the Circus. Period maps and illustrations, as well as photos of Austen's manuscripts impart a rich "Masterpiece Theatre" flair. Britain-bound travelers jetting across the pond might want to add Bath to their itinerary after reading this charming, but by no means slight, book." --The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“For pocket-sized, covetable books, turn to The Little Bookroom.” --Vogue [UK]