TILBURG, 7 November 2016 – Het England van Jane Austen (Jane Austen’s England) is the first – and only – travel guide devoted to exploring locations in England that have a unique connection with either Austen herself, her work, and/or the adaptations of her books. But it is now only available in Dutch. Author Karin Quint and Gottmer Publishing Group announced today that they are launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish an English translation of the popular travel guide.
Het Engeland van Jane Austen was written by Karin Quint, a Dutch journalist, photographer and founder of JaneAusten.nl – the only Dutch-language website devoted to the beloved author. ‘I often received requests for information from people who wanted to visit locations associated with her,’ says Quint. ‘It made me realise there was nothing like this out there.’ In 2013 she travelled almost three months through England, researching over 200 locations connected with Jane Austen’s life, books, and the film adaptations of her work. Het Engeland van Jane Austen was published in the spring of 2014 by the renowned Dutch publisher Gottmer. In response to public demand, a second edition was published in July 2016.
‘Since the publication, many “Janeites” from countries around the world have expressed great interest in the guidebook,’ Quint continues. ‘We would really like to have it translated into English to make it accessible to them. And we’ve discovered that the guide also appeals to travellers who simply want to experience new and beautiful places in the British countryside and cities.’ Quint and her publisher Gottmer aim to raise €14.000 via Kickstarter to cover translation, production and mailing costs for the first English edition of Jane Austen’s England.
Jane Austen 200
Jane Austen is one of England’s most famous and beloved writers. Two centuries after her death, her novels are still being widely read and – together with the many movie adaptations and spin-offs – continue to win new fans today. 2017 is a special Jane Austen year. Not only is it the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, but it’s also when the new 10-pound banknote featuring her image will be issued. Quint: ‘Many Jane Austen fans will want to visit England to experience some of the many events that will be organised (or to be one of the first to pay with the Austen banknote!), and this Jane Austen travel guide will help them get the utmost out of their visit.’
About the author
Karin Quint (1976) is a journalist, photographer and founder of the Dutch website and community JaneAusten.nl. She first became acquainted with Jane Austen’s work in the 1990s when she bought a well-thumbed copy of De Gezusters Bennet (The Bennet Sisters) at a flea market for just ten cents. In 2009 she started JaneAusten.nl and in 2014 her first travel guide, Het Engeland van Jane Austen, was published by Gottmer Publishing Group.
To learn more about Jane Austen’s England and supporting the Kickstarter campaign, please visit our Kickstarter page: kck.st/2eNNyiZ