Caroline Jane Knight shares more than Jane Austen's name and DNA. As a direct descendant of Jane's brother, Edward Knight, Caroline is the last of the Austen Knight family to grow up at Chawton House on the estate where Jane Austen lived and enjoyed the most productive period of her writing career. Caroline explored the same places around Chawton House and its grounds as Jane did, dined at the same table in the same dining room, read in the same library and shared the same dream of independence.
Caroline's early life was filled with the delights of living in a sixteenth-century English manor, the good cheer of family gatherings and centuries-old Christmas traditions in the Great Hall of Chawton House, the beauty of a country life, and the joys of helping her Granny bake cakes and serve Jane Austen devotees in the Chawton House tea room. But when she was seventeen, Caroline and her family were forced to leave the home her family had lived in for centuries. Heartbroken, but determined to leave all things Austen behind her, Caroline eventually carved out a highly successful career in business.
This is the story of Caroline's tumultuous journey to success, her ultimate crisis, her rediscovery and embrace of her Austen heritage, and the creation of the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.
About the Author
Caroline Jane Knight is the fifth great niece of legendary author Jane Austen and is the last of the Austen descendants to be raised in the family's ancestral home in Chawton, England, where Jane herself lived and wrote her most famous works. Caroline was Co-Founder of Blueprint Group, the largest independent international field marketing group and was appointed CEO of DemoPlus in Australia in 2009. She has sat on the boards of Life Education Victoria and the Australian Institute of Management, and in 2012 Caroline was nominated as a finalist in the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Awards. Caroline has unique insight into the life, works and family of a literary icon.
The worldwide celebrations of the 200-year anniversary of Pride & Prejudice in 2013 inspired Caroline to establish the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation to harness the passion for Jane Austen and support the practice of literacy across the world, in honor of Jane.