Little-known fact about Jane #2

A previously unknown manuscript by Jane Austen has recently been discovered in a converted barn near Winchester, Hants - or so its owners claim. Nevertheless, many literary experts dispute its validity, arguing that the short novel A Sharp Punch Betwixt the Eyes lacks Austen's restraint. "This is without doubt the most important literary discovery for a century or more," states Michael Mansfield QC, acting for the defence.

By Craig Brown The Telegraph 26/01/2008

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