Jane Austen's Sailor Brothers


Read by Bryn Roberts

(4.2 stars; 2 reviews)

"Jane Austen's Sailor Brothers" by Edith & John Hubback is a biography that explores the lives of Jane Austen's two sailor brothers, Francis and Charles. The book examines their naval careers, their relationships with their famous sister, and their impact on her writing.
They begin with background information on the Austen family and the naval world of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. They then describe Francis's and Charles's experiences in the Royal Navy, including their participation in the Napoleonic Wars and voyages to exotic locations such as the West Indies and Australia.

The Hubbacks, themselves descendents of the Austin family (Jane Austen was Edith Hubback's great-great aunt) also examine the relationship between Austen and her sailor brothers, highlighting the influence they had on her writing. For example, they discuss the naval themes that appear in Austen's novels such as "Persuasion" and "Mansfield Park" and suggest that her brothers' experiences informed these works.

Throughout the book, the Hubbacks use letters, journals, and other primary sources to bring the Austen brothers to life. They also provide context on the wider social and political issues of the time, including the impact of the wars on naval life and the attitudes towards sailors and their families.
"Jane Austen's Sailor Brothers" offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of two important figures in Jane Austen's world and sheds light on the naval world that inspired her writing. (Summary by Bryn Roberts (7 hr 16 min)

Chapters

Preface 3:44 Read by Bryn Roberts
Brothers & Sisters 19:59 Read by Bryn Roberts
Two Midshipmen 18:37 Read by Bryn Roberts
Changes and chances in the navy 18:51 Read by Bryn Roberts
Promotions 21:18 Read by Bryn Roberts
The 'Peterel' Sloop 32:30 Read by Bryn Roberts
The Patrol of the Mediterranean 26:19 Read by Bryn Roberts
At Home and Abroad 24:10 Read by Bryn Roberts
Blockading Boulogne 28:50 Read by Bryn Roberts
The Pursuit of Villeneuve 26:36 Read by Bryn Roberts
'A Melancholy Situation' 26:05 Read by Bryn Roberts
St. Domingo 26:27 Read by Bryn Roberts
The Cape & St Helena 24:56 Read by Bryn Roberts
Stars & Stripes 24:41 Read by Bryn Roberts
Chinese Mandarins 22:03 Read by Bryn Roberts
A Letter from Jane 24:04 Read by Bryn Roberts
Another Letter from Jane 24:11 Read by Bryn Roberts
The End of the War 22:16 Read by Bryn Roberts
Two Admirals 21:14 Read by Bryn Roberts