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Melbourne Launch, Such Talent 

Such Talent & Such Success was launched in Melbourne at Avenue Books, Albert Park, on Monday 25 September.

Author Talk Bathurst

On Saturday, 19 April at 2.00pm, Wal Walker gave a talk about Jane & D’Arcy at the Bathurst Library.

Author Talk Buderim

On Friday 4 August, Wal Walker gave an author talk in the sunny courtyard of Books of Buderim.

Sydney Launch, Such Talent 

On 28 July 2017, at 10.00am, Such Talent & Such Success was officially launched in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney. Pro Chancellor Dorothy Hoddinott welcomed Jane Austen lovers, students and staff, Wentworth family and friends and visitors, and invited former Chancellor of the University and former New South Wales Governor,  Professor the Hon. Dame Marie Bashir, to launch the second and final volume of Jane & D’Arcy.

Author Talks

At 5.30pm, 18 July 2017, the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen in Winchester, author Wal Walker gave a talk at the Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, entitled
Jane & D’Arcy : Fact or Fiction.

At 6.30pm, 20 July 2017,  he spoke about Jane & D’Arcy at the Leichhardt Library, 7-15 Wetherill Street, Leichhardt.

Melbourne Launch, Folly

Folly was launched in Melbourne on Monday 15th May 2017 at Readings in Hawthorn.  It was attended by Wentworth family and friends, Jane Austen lovers and a descendant of her brother Charles.

Canberra Launch. Folly

Folly was launched in Canberra, the National Capital, at Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka, on Friday 12th May 2017.  It was attended by Wentworth family members and Jane Austen lovers and aficionados, who had a range of questions.

Sydney Launch, Folly

On 7 April 2017, Folly is not always Folly was officially launched by Professor the Hon. Dame Marie Bashir, the former Governor of New South Wales, at Parliament House in Sydney, the house D’Arcy built as part of the Rum Hospital, where he lived for some years. The launch was attended by over sixty of his descendants, and friends.






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I assure you that she did

Link to the original article: The Guardian – 24 November 2016

An article in The Guardian on 24 November 2016 stated there was no evidence that Jane Austen ever visited Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire.

Wal Walker’s reply in The Guardian – 27 November 2016

In April 2017, Folly is not Always Folly, the first volume of Jane & D’Arcy, will be published in Sydney, with the second volume, Such Talent & Such Success, to follow later in the year.

Jane & D’Arcy is D’Arcy Wentworth’s family story, written by one of his descendants. Folly is not Always Folly recounts her meetings with William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, the 4th Earl Fitzwilliam of Wentworth Woodhouse, and her visit there, the date and the occasion.

Jane & D’Arcy will offer a key to much of Jane Austen’s writing, and the powerful emotional songlines that thread across her writings, which even today remain largely unexplored.