Caroline Jane Knight

Caroline grew up at Chawton House, Hampshire, England and is the last descendant of the great English writer Jane Austen to be raised in the ancestral home in the village of Chawton where Jane herself lived and wrote her most famous works. In 2014, Caroline launched the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation to raise funds to provide reading and writing resources to communities in need around the world, in honour of her Great Aunt Jane.Caroline released a book titled “Jane & Me” in 2017 with a portion of the profits going to the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation that she founded.


  • FMCG/Field Marketing Consultant
  • Founder and Chair of the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation
  • Telstra ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ finalist
  • NFP Board Director
  • Honorary Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management
  • Previously CEO of the Blueprint Group, the largest independent international field marketing group in the world.


Jane Austen descendant Caroline Knight comes to grips with her history It’s a ridiculous thing, you tell yourself, to seek out a resemblance to Jane Austen in the face of a woman who is her great niece, five generations removed
Descendant of Jane Austen to ‘harness the passion’ for author by launching charity Caroline Knight, who is the fifth great-niece of Austen, has created the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation to raise money for education projects around the world
Jane Austin has living relatives, and they’re really into ‘Zombies’ There’s so much about our modern world that Jane Austen — despite her intelligence and rich imagination — could never have seen coming.
LinkedIn – Caroline Knight Director, Philanthropist, Consultant, Speaker