MISS AUSTEN, the critically acclaimed new novel from Gill Hornby (The Hive) has been optioned for TV by Baby Cow Productions.

Already named as one of the best novels of 2020 by The Times, Financial Times and BBC Online, MISS AUSTEN will be published by Penguin on January 23rd, and by Flatiron in the United States in April 2020.

MISS AUSTEN is a wonderfully original and emotionally complex novel about the lives and loves of sisters Cassandra and Jane Austen, inspired by Cassandra’s infamous burning of Jane’s letters, a mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics.

Baby Cow Chief Executive, Christine Langan said: ‘Gill has brought such wit, ingenuity and heartbreaking tenderness to this literary mystery, turning it into a terrifically compelling and relevant novel. Not only does she effortlessly capture Austen’s unique and irresistible tone but, in Cassandra, she may have delivered us the ultimate Austen heroine. Baby Cow is thrilled to be entrusted with bringing this gem to our screens and to a whole new audience’.

Gill Hornby said: ‘I am delighted that Miss Austen is going to the brilliant team at Baby Cow, and excited to work with them as Cassandra moves from the page to the screen’.

‘Miss Austen is a novel of great kindness, often unexpectedly moving, with much to say about the status of “invisible” older women’. – The Observer

Gill Hornby is represented by Caroline Wood at Felicity Bryan Associates.


Gill Hornby is the author of the novels The Hive and All Together Now, as well as The Story of Jane Austen, a biography of Austen for young readers. She lives in Kintbury, Berkshire, with her husband and their four children.


Baby Cow develops and produces bold, high-quality scripted entertainment across all genres including comedy and drama and across all mediums including television, film and radio.

Established in 1999, the company has delivered its signature brand of comedy to audiences worldwide for over twenty years with iconic characters and beloved series including Alan Partridge, The Mighty Boosh, Red Dwarf, Nighty Night, Gavin & Stacey, Camping and The Trip. Baby Cow is currently in production with The Witchfinder starring Tim Key and This Country co-creator Daisy May Cooper. Baby Cow’s feature film output includes Alpha Papa, Philomena and Stan & Ollie.