Antiquarian bookseller P J Allen was browsing the shelves at a book auction when a cursory glance at the opening paragraphs of one rather grubby and unprepossessing volume brought him up short. His instant thought was – “ Austen?” His second was "don't be so silly". He acquired the book anyway, if only to show himself how mistaken he was. Reading it however, revealed, as he himself puts it, so many correspondences of though, interest, detail, experience and sometimes even expression between the novel and Jane’s juvenilia, letters and other published works, he found himself veering towards belief.
This work is the culmination of his research and reading and makes a compelling and fascinating case that that novel – Two Girls of Eighteen – is in fact a missing work by Jane Austen. This is a must for all fans of Jane Austen.
by M Morgan