Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre?

Persuasion A New Musical

By Harold Taw “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.” —Persuasion, Chapter 4 I’ve encountered three reactions from those who learn we’ve adapted Jane Austen’s final complete novel Persuasion as a musical. The first is delight. This comes from people… Read more about Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre?


Jane Austen and Illness

Jane Austen and illness

by Margaret Mills What reading material do you turn to if you are unwell?   The novelist Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell wrote a letter early in 1865 to John Ruskin, about one of her own books, in which she said: “whenever I am ailing or ill, I take Cranford and – I was going to say enjoy… Read more about Jane Austen and Illness


Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney

Jessica A. Volz’s latest book, Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney (London and New York: Anthem Press, March 2017), examines how four famed women novelists publishing their oeuvres in Britain between 1778 and 1815 used visuality – the continuum linking visual and verbal communication – to achieve a degree of rhetorical… Read more about Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney


Are Jane Austen’s Heroines Ideal Women?

Jane Austen's Heroines

By Jenni Waugh I recently replied to an email enquiry from a student who was looking for an opinion on the question “To what extent does Jane Austen present her heroines as ideal women within their social contexts?” My reply ended up being fairly lengthy and is below. Let me know what you think! Personally,… Read more about Are Jane Austen’s Heroines Ideal Women?


Our Books of the Year 2016

Books of the Year 2016

It’s been an extremely varied 12 months here at the Jane Austen Gift Shop as far as reading matter goes… Our biggest sellers have been the Jane Austen Classic Colouring Book and the Pride and Prejudice Colouring Classic. Whether young or old, it’s hard to resist getting out the pencils, paints or crayons to add… Read more about Our Books of the Year 2016


Real Reads: Jane Austen’s Novels

Children’s versions of Austen’s greatest works


An Introduction to Jane Austen Sequels

Laurel Ann Nattress from Austenprose looks at the sub culture of Austen follow on literature


Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, read by Emilia Fox

A review of the Naxos Audiobooks Unabridged version by Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose