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  • I have just "finished" a book which may be ideal for the net addicted generation.

    It's "The Watsons", by Jane Austen, and it's unfinished. It's a teensy, tantalising fragment.

    There is a plot spoiler at the end which reports that Jane told her sister Cassandra how the story was due to unfold and Cassandra duly told her nephew (Austen's first biographer).

    Anyway, I was really enjoying The Watsons and was very cross when it ended abruptly.

    However! Turning to the net I discovered that the book has been completed by one of my all time favourite writers, Joan Aiken. She's called it Emma Watson.

    (IAmazon will be shipping it to me soonest. As a fully paid up member of the attention deficit generation I hate to be kept waiting)

    Now, about Joan Aiken. She grew up in this house, Jeake's House. It's haunted, it's in a street called Mermaid Street in a fabulous town called Rye, Henry James once lived up the road in Lamb House, and so did E.F. Benson. The whole place is dripping in literature.

    I stayed here once (it's a B&B) when we were having our damp-proof course done....

    photo from the Daily Telegraph. Trust me, they're grateful for the publicity
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