Far from the numerous publications that have been published under the title The Jane Austen Diaries, a document has been uncovered that seems to suggest that the author herself kept a dairy. In reality the two pages discovered revealed that she was not just ahead of time in her books but also in her personal writings as well.
The contents of the document, which is dated 1795, when Miss Austen was 20, relates her trip to Mr Henry Miggins' Cornershoppe with her father, where she hears an early incarnation of the band 'The Killers', and her excitement at owning the harpsichord music. The document has been scrutinised, and authenticated by excited experts. The diary has been digitised and will be auctioned at Southeby's early next year. It has created quite a buzz among historians and literature enthusiasts alike, and all are hoping that more such diary entries will be uncovered.
The two page document was found in a chest in the loft in South West England. It was discovered by Christopher Long, who admits he was shocked by his find, "I was cleaning out the loft and my great great great grandfather's chest was just sitting there. I knew he was in the publishing business," he explains, and continues that he almost threw it out after seeing the state of it, "It was torn in half you see, but when I noticed the date I knew it must something important."