Jane Austen News – Issue 89

The Jane Austen News is staying neutral!

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?     Fanny Price vs. Mary Crawford While discussing Austen’s novels, as we are wont to do on a daily basis at the Jane Austen Centre, two of our Centre staff, Jenni and Naomi, got into a discussion about whether Mary Crawford can really be painted as “a… Read more about Jane Austen News – Issue 89


Jane Austen and the Oliphant in the Room

by Alice Chandler, author of Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie I do apologize for the pun in my title. The Olifant I refer to is Margaret Olifant (1828-1894), a prolific and popular nineteenth-century writer and said to be Queen Victoria’s favorite novelist. The reason that I figuratively place Olifant in the same room… Read more about Jane Austen and the Oliphant in the Room


Jane Austen’s Bracelet

Create your own bracelet like the one on display at Chawton Cottage


Aunt Jane’s Trial

Jane Leigh Perrot

The Trial of Mrs Jane Leigh Perrot – the Primary Sources by David Pugsley Discussions of Aunt Jane’s trial and the question whether she was innocent or guilty are normally based entirely on John Pinchard’s account, conveniently re-printed in MacKinnon’s Grand Larceny (1937), as if there was no other source of information and as if… Read more about Aunt Jane’s Trial


Is Jane Austen a Great Writer?

By Linore Rose Burkard Quora is growing in popularity. What is Quora? A forum where anyone can ask a question to the world (the world as registered on the site, that is) and expect an answer. The good thing about Quora is that you can ask any question you want, and you might learn a… Read more about Is Jane Austen a Great Writer?


In Defence of Jane Austen

by Rhian Helen Fender   “Mrs Edwards thinks you are a child still. But we know better than that, don’t we.” So began the 2008 television adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility, with the cad Willoughby seducing the naïve ward of heroic Colonel Brandon. The atmosphere seductive with low-light and fireplace burning,… Read more about In Defence of Jane Austen


The Perfect Jane Austen Teacup Cupcakes!

Our new re-usable Jane Austen Teacup Cupcake Cases have proved a huge hit, and a number of you have asked us if we had any cup cake recipes that would be perfect for use with the little cups… … and indeed we do!   Ingredients: 50g caster sugar 50g butter/margarine  50g self-raising flour 1 egg… Read more about The Perfect Jane Austen Teacup Cupcakes!


10 Years of Bringing Jane Austen’s World To You

As well as the bicentenary of Jane’s death, 2017 marks another anniversary on the Austen calendar, albeit of a more modest nature. Because it was ten years ago that the Jane Austen Gift Shop first began sending products to Jane’s fans the world over. In those days it was a much more humble affair. Because… Read more about 10 Years of Bringing Jane Austen’s World To You