Jane Austen


Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. 1 2 3 4

Daily Routine

Jane Austen woke up early in the morning, before any of the other women in her house, to practise the piano. Austen would then prepare breakfast for the family at 9 am. It was usually a simple meal, consisting of bread, eggs and sometimes different cold meats. After breakfast, Austen headed to the sitting room to begin writing for the day and was often accompanied by her mother and sisters.

If any visitors arrived at her house in the afternoon, the British novelist would hide her writing materials and join her mother and sister sewing. She’d regularly take afternoon walks outdoors and do some gardening which was a feature in her novels. The Austen family ate dinner between 3 pm and 4 pm which was followed by card games and tea. In the evening, Jane read aloud her novels to her family.