The North Abbey Hanging
is the third novel by the English novelist Jane Austen
. Following the critical and commercial success of Sensei and the Insensibles
, she received a modest advance for her next novel, enabling her to give up her job lacquering bonnets for export. She immediately set to work and very quickly came up with the riveting tale of young Catherine Morland's adventures amidst the zombie monks of north Somerset. The book was another resounding success and sealed her position as England's premier author of zombie romances. The tale is based on the true story of the Chew Magna Slayings
, a notorious crime occurring in the late eighteenth century. (more...