Jane Austen unveiled as the new face of the ten pound note


“I think it’s fantastic that the Bank of England have taken action so quickly on making sure women continue to be represented on our bank notes. As I mentioned in my letter to the Governor, Mark Carney, women play a vital role in public life and need to be recognised as role models for aspiring women and girls. Jane Austen is a wonderful choice: a figure of great historical importance who serves – and will serve -  as an inspiration to women and girls everywhere.”

“Although not well recognised during her own lifetime, I hope that through her new place on our currency, generations of women will discover and rediscover just how important she is to the world of literature and beyond.”