Now on Kindle = Two Teens in the Time of Austen: Random Jottings, 2008-2013

September 2, 2013 at 11:21 am (books, introduction, news, research) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Smith&GoslingThe biography A Memoir of Jane Austen, compiled by her nephew James Edward Austen Leigh, was first published in 1870 (2nd edition on google.books). In 1911, daughter Mary Augusta Austen Leigh wrote down Edward’s own life history. Two Teens in the Time of Austen dramatizes events in the lives of Edward’s beloved wife Emma Smith (1801-1876) and her friend and sister-in-law Mary Gosling (1800-1842).

It is Emma’s eventual connection to the Austens of Steventon which gives this project its very name!  (The fact that the diaries of both girls begin in the period that saw Austen’s publications, doesn’t hurt either.)  Celebrate with me five years of uncovering the lives of the Smiths & Goslings. You can even “click to Look Inside“. Lightly edited, and highly rearranged, “Random Jottings” (estimated at 170 pages) serves as an introduction to the world of my Two Teens from posts published since the start of their blog.

For a limited time, Random Jottings also includes the opening pages of their biography (volume 1, Two Teens in the Time of Austen) and *all new* images of Mary and Emma. Available only at Amazon [;; (alas, not auf deutsch)]

UPDATE: since Kindles don’t (yet) allow for image zooming, the two pedigrees:



  1. Janeite Deb said,

    Reblogged this on Jane Austen in Vermont and commented:
    Kelly was the driving force behind the formation of the JASNA Vermont Region – if you have been following her blog at Two Teens in the Time of Austen” – or you are just discovering it for the first time today, head over to Amazon and add this to your kindle today! – I promise you will not be disappointed!

  2. Janeite Deb said,

    Hi Kelly – I re-blogged this at JAIV and facebooked it to various pages, and twittered it as well – also bought it for my kindle! – Congratulations on having this “out there” finally for all to read!

    • Janeite Kelly said,

      Ah, thanks! Yours might be my first sale, although it’s been available a couple of weeks now. I don’t even have a Kindle, so haven’t seen the “actual” product; do tell me if you find bits that need cleaning up!

      And thanks for the twittering and reblogging – and the congrats!


  3. Charlotte Frost (@CharlotteFrost1) said,

    ‘Random Jottings’ is packed with resources for late-Georgian and early-Victorian life. And it’s a jolly good read. Well done, Kelly.

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