Jane Austen, Bob Marley, Beethoven: even big names get stuck in some rut

Nadine Dreyer looks at the daily routines (or not) of famous personages in history

10 May 2020 - 00:00 By Nadine Dreyer

Sitting at her desk dreaming up some of the most beloved characters in the English language, Jane Austen asked that a certain squeaky hinge never be oiled so she always had a warning when someone was approaching her room. Just one tin of Three-In-One and there might never have been a Mr Darcy.

Her sister Cassandra did most of the cooking and housework so Jane had time for her novels. “Composition seems impossible to me with a head full of joints of mutton & doses of rhubarb,” she wrote...

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