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Jan Merriman is a retired teacher and graduate of The University of Sydney and Macquarie University in Australia, majoring in English Literature and Linguistics. Long devoted to Jane Austen, she has pursued her interest through research into many aspects of Jane Austen’s work, presented papers to Jane Austen Groups and conferences and published journal articles in Australia over the past ten years.

The biography of Jane Austen’s aunt Philadelphia Hancock is the product of seven years of research and a fascination with the untold stories of eighteenth-century women. This is her first book for Pen & Sword.