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The Beautifull Cassandra and Other Early Writings

A selection of stories written by the young Jane Austen for the entertainment of her family when she was between the ages of 12 and 15.

Read by Teresa Gallagher.

Duration: 79'00"

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NOTE:  The double 'll' in 'beautifull' is not a misprint. It's the way Jane, herself, spelled the word.

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Jane Austen was born in 1775 in her father's Rectory in the village of Steventon in Hampshire. By the time of her death in 1817 she had written 6 major novels, left two others unfinished and was the author of a considerable amount of correspondence. Most people know Jane Austen for "Pride and Prejudice", "Emma", "Persuasion" and the other novels. Less well known is the fact that she started writing at the age of 8 and many of her early stories were dedicated to her family and friends. The six pieces in this collection were all written when she was between the ages of 12 and 15 and they show a light hearted, humorous approach to storytelling that may surprise those who only know her adult work.

Teresa Gallagher has performed many leading roles in plays and musicals across the country, in London's West End and Off Broadway. She is a well known voice to listeners of BBC radio drama having recorded hundreds of plays and readings over the years, as well as many audio book readings such as the Biography of Jane Austen, the Emily Windsnap series, The Treasure Seekers and Bleak House. Her work on film includes Mike Leigh's' Topsy Turvy', 'The Jacket' with Adrian Brody and, released in 2011, ‘The King’s Speech’ with Colin Firth. She also works extensively in voice-overs and animation, currently as the voice of Noddy and the Little Misses Chatterbox, Whoops, Naughty and Daredevil.

The piano is played by Peter White. All the music is taken from music books owned by Jane Austen herself and is played on a Clementi square piano, identical to the one Jane used. This one stands in Jane Austen's house in Chawton Hampshire.

"The tales are read with verve and intelligence by Teresa Gallagher.
This is a CD which I unreservedly recommend."

Margaret Rock - JASA Chronicle


  • Product Format: Audio CD
  • Picture on Front Cover: The picture is of Jane's niece, Fanny Knight and was drawn by Jane's sister, Cassandra. It is used by courtesy of Jane Austen Memorial Trust
  • Other information: This audio book was made with the kind co-operation of the Jane Austen House, Chawton, Hampshire
  • Original Author: Jane Austen
  • Music and Musicians: The music is played on a square piano by Peter White and all the music is taken from Jane Austen's own music books
  • ISBN: 978-0-9551394-7-5
  • Duration: 79'00"
  • Download Size: 59 MB
  • Download Format: Zip
  • Reader: Teresa Gallagher