Gill Hornby’s Novel To Be Adapted by MASTERPIECE

Gill Hornby's critically acclaimed novel Miss Austen, a rich retelling of the lives of Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra, to be adapted as a four-part television miniseries by Masterpiece.

Gill Hornby’s acclaimed novel Miss Austen is being developed for television by MASTERPIECE/PBS and Christine Langan through Bonnie Productions. The four-hour miniseries is being written by Andrea Gibb (Swallows and Amazons, Elizabeth is Missing).

Miss Austen is Hornby’s third novel and centres on the lives and loves of Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra. It delves into why Cassandra burned a treasure trove of letters written by her sister, Jane – an act of destruction that has troubled academics and Austen fans for centuries.

Miss Austen is about one of the most important people in Jane Austen’s life, her sister Cassandra,” says MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Susanne Simpson. “We can’t wait to bring Gill Hornby’s captivating novel to life for our MASTERPIECE audience.” MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by GBH Boston.

Hornby’s latest Austen inspired novel Godmersham Park will be published on June 23rd, 2022.

Christine Langan said, “Gill’s instincts for these unforgettable characters is flawless. Her moving, revealing and often hilarious story of love, loss and sisterhood is captured brilliantly for the screen by Andrea Gibb. I share with Susanne at MASTERPIECE great excitement for the emotional impact, the warmth and the deep pleasure this show will bring.”

Gill Hornby said, “I’m so thrilled Miss Austen has landed with Christine and MASTERPIECE/PBS – the dream team for the project. I can’t wait to see Jane and Cassandra brought back to life.”

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