Jane Austen News – Issue 80

The Jane Austen News needs female friends

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   Where Are All The Fictional Female Friends? Grazia have been asking this week where all of the female friends in film have gone. “Epic bromances have always been familiar turf when it comes to our favourite films and TV shows. ‘Boy and his beloved male sidekick’ is… Read more about Jane Austen News – Issue 80


Win a Free Replica Gold & Turquoise Ring in Our New Jane Austen Competition!

To celebrate Jane’s bicentenary and the tenth anniversary of the Jane Austen Gift Shop, we are delighted to announce our most exciting ever Jane Austen competition! First prize is one of our beautiful and best-selling gold and turquoise Jane Austen Replica Rings, worth £139.99, made to order in any size, just for you or the… Read more about Win a Free Replica Gold & Turquoise Ring in Our New Jane Austen Competition!


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


Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters

Jane and Cassandra

by Caroline Kerr Taylor Jane Austen was born in December 1775, the seventh child of Rev. and Mrs. Austen. Mrs. Austen nursed each of her babies for the first few months before they were taken to a neighboring family (the Littleworths). Each child was looked after by this family for the first couple of years… Read more about Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters


Finding Happiness, Austen Style: Lift Yourself Up with Persuasion

Welcome to the second of a multi-part series of posts on how to lift yourself out of the blues, Austen style. Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.     Welcome to the Persuasion Happiness Program. Persuasion, like all of Jane Austen’s novels,… Read more about Finding Happiness, Austen Style: Lift Yourself Up with Persuasion


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?


The Jane Austen Shopping Club – Our New Gold Membership

gold membership

A look at Jane Austen’s letters readily confirms that she, like many of her modern fans, had a love affair with shopping! Her notes to her sister, Cassandra, are full of this bargain and that deal picked up on her travels. What would she think of entire shops full of merchandise dedicated exclusively to her?!… Read more about The Jane Austen Shopping Club – Our New Gold Membership


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