IF you ever wondered how ordinary folk lived their lives in the time of Jane Austen, two Exeter-based authors aim to give their insights at Appledore Book Festival.
Roy and Lesley Adkins, whose book Eavesdropping On Jane Austen's England was published only a few weeks ago, are historians and archaeologists who have written on subjects ranging from the Battle of Trafalgar to Egyptian hieroglyphs. So far, their work has been translated into 17 languages.
On the final day of the festival, Roy and Lesley will discuss their latest book, which tells the story of life for everyday people in Austen's time.
From forced marriages to surgery without anaesthetic, all manner of surprising aspects will be the focus.
There will also be Devonian examples, including traffic accidents from 200 years ago. The couple believe you will never read Jane Austen in the same way again.
Roy and Lesley Atkins are at St Mary's Hall, Appledore on October 6, 2pm.
Tickets: £7. Phone 01237 424949 or visit www.apple dorebookfestival.co.uk.