Written by Paula Byrne.
Reader - Emma Fielding
To mark this month's bicentenary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice, this new biography examines the forces that shaped the interior life of Jane Austen. The woman who emerges is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern than the conventional picture of 'dear Aunt Jane' would allow.
Today, 'The Marriage Banns' uncover Jane's youthful flirtations and dalliances and a hastily retracted marriage acceptance.
Abridged by Elizabeth Reeder.
Produced by Allegra McIlroy.
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