Ava Farmer is the penname of Sandy Lerner, founder of the Chawton House Library and Centre for the Study of Early English Writing in Chawton, Hampshire, England. For her work on the collection, preservation, and establishment of the Library and Study Centre, she has received five honorary PhD degrees. She is the cofounder of Cisco Systems, the founder of Urban Decay, and has received numerous awards for her philanthropic and literary contributions, including the inaugural JANE Award from the Jane Austen Society of North America, the IEEE Award for Lifetime Technical Achievement, and awards from the Feminist Press and United Animal Nations.
"What if Jane Austen could continue the story of Pride and
Prejudice on our own bookshelves and iPads? That's the question
Ava Farmer has asked, and answered by steeping herself in the mind,
living places, readings, and sensibility of Austen for 26 years,
then writing a sequel called Second Impressions. Each
sentence is a model of humanity and humor." --Gloria
"In this richly encyclopedic sequel to Jane Austen's novels, Farmer draws on the author's own lively idiom to show what kind of novelist she might have become." --Jocelyn Harris, professor emeritus, University of Otago