Wal Walker, a descendant of Darcy, tells his family story of the enduring romance between Jane and Darcy, lifting the veil of secrecy that has hidden their love story for over two hundred years.

Portrait of Wal Walker

Praise for Folly is not always Folly

A gift to the nation!      Professor, Dame Marie Bashir, former governor of New South Wales

A week of pleasure! The whole tenor of the book is so lively, full of incident, dialogue and sharp observation.. It has a really admirable coherence and authority.. it will change Austen scholarship forever.      Penelope Nelson, Author & Poet

Walker’s insightful portrait of the elder ‘Australian’ Wentworth is a major achievement… a hugely enjoyable piece of historical detection…imaginatively recreates their romance.. Walker makes a very credible case for D’Arcy Wentworth as the object of Jane Austen’s passionate love.   Babette Smith, Historian, in The Weekend Australian

Folly launched at New South Wales Parliament House

Professor Dame Marie Bashir
Launches Folly
Thanks to all











Such Talent
launched in the Great Hall, University of Sydney


Wal, William Charles & Greg Stewart
W. C. Wentworth &
Wal Walker