Enjoy a literary evening at Chawton House Library. This festive supper takes place in the atmospheric oak-panelled rooms where Jane Austen dined with her family. The house will be decked with Christmas splendour for a truly memorable experience. Guests will have a rare opportunity to view our 'Sir Charles Grandison' manuscript in Jane Austen's own hand, and see first editions of a selection of her novels. They will enjoy a drinks reception and sumptuous meal, and hear an after-dinner talk by best-selling historical novelist Edward Rutherfurd who will talk about the inspiration that characterful 400-year old houses like Chawton House can provide to the creative imagination. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets are £85 each or £750 for a table of 10.
Viewing of unique Jane Austen manuscript and rare books
Experience walking through this magical house at night
Drinks reception with wine and canapés
Two-course festive supper (including wine)
After dinner talk by guest speaker award-winning novelist Edward Rutherfurd
Dress code: Black tie
Carriages at 10pm
About the guest speaker:
Edward Rutherfurd is the pen name for Francis Wintle, life friend of Chawton House Library. His debut novel, Sarum, a historical novel with a ten-thousand year story set in Salisbury, became an instant international best-seller, remaining for 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Since then, he has produced numerous New York Times Bestsellers, with his books selling more than fifteen million copies worldwide and being translated into twenty languages. His awards include the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence and the City of Zaragoza’s International Historical Novel Honor Award ‘for his body of work in the field of the historical novel’.