Did Jane Austen (1775-1817) have an Australian connection? In ‘Jane & D’Arcy’, Australian author Wal Walker makes this groundbreaking claim. ‘Jane and D’Arcy’ is the history of Jane Austen and a young Irish surgeon D’Arcy Wentworth. ‘Folly is not always Folly’ tells the story of their first meeting, family connections, their romance and adventures, and their separation, on the eve of D’Arcy’s departure for New South Wales Wal Walker is a grandson of D’Arcy Wentworth’s great grandson. He has written his family’s untold story of D’Arcy and Jane Austen. Wentworth (1762-1827) was the love of her life.