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It is a truth universally acknowledged.....

Feb. 3, 2017


Maquette for Jane Austen statue by Adam Roud

To paraphrase Jane Austen's famous opening to Pride and Prejuduce; It is a truth universally acknowledged....that a civic statue in the UK is more likely to be of a man than a woman by a ratio approaching 10 to 1. Whether this huge discrepancy is a matter of pride or prejudice on the part of those empowered to erect public momuments remains a matter for discussion.

However, in Basingstoke there is now an active campaign to put up a statue to one of the nation's best loved authors, Jane Austen. 2017 will mark the 200th anniversary of her death. Strange that such a cultural icon should have had to wait so long for recognition in her own area.

*"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife".

Jane Austen English novelist (1775 - 1817)

Jane Austen statue design unveiled in Basingstoke - bbc.co.uk


Pride and Prejudice, first line