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In this week’s Jane Austen Quiz, we will take a look at the characters with money, influence and power. Score 8/10 or better and you’ll be in with a chance to win a £10 voucher for our Online Gift Shop in our monthly quiz prize draw!
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Every year hundreds of fans come together to The Jane Austen Centre in Bath to celebrate the talent and artistry of Jane Austen, but for those who work at the Centre there can sometimes be occasion to stop and marvel at the incredible works of devotion created by our visitors. An exceptional instance of this came to us this summer in the story of Julie Mountford.
Julie’s husband Keith wrote to us in a heartwarming email this year to describe the predicament of his late wife’s own Austen-inspired ‘amateur’ masterpiece: a Georgian dolls house. As part of her passion and love of all things Georgian, Regency and Jane Austen, Julie crafted this 1.6m tall house over a period of five years. It contains eighteen rooms (five of which are large hallways typical of the Georgian era) and each room has been lovingly filled with tiny furniture of the same period. Keith described how ‘everyone who has ever seen the house has been gobsmacked by its beauty and by Julie’s attention to detail’ and we found ourselves similarly enchanted.
Sadly Julie passed away in March 2015, having lived with cancer for five years, and her dolls house has been seen only occasionally by friends or family members since then. Keith described how Julie had been a mental health social worker by profession but was also an extremely talented and creative person, writing period novels in her spare time as well as sewing beautiful historical-attired cloth dolls as gifts; one of these has even found a home in our giftshop at the Centre, a place that Julie loved and visited many times in her visits to Bath.
Keith generously offered for this magnificent work to be displayed at the Centre so that it might ‘inform, educate and entertain’ as is this is our motto and was also Julie’s passion. Unfortunately, we were unable to give a home to her beautiful Jane Austen Dolls house but we hope that in sharing the story of Julie’s dolls house we can echo Keith’s wish that it serves as an example of ‘what an ordinary person with a passion can design and create as part of their love of all things Austen’.
Please visit www.juliemountford.org to learn more about the Julie Montford Dawson Foundation.
From innovative retellings of much-loved classics to the progressive spiritual successors of contemporary literature, Jane’s timeless novels and juvenalia have inspired more than their fair share of modern works and adaptations. And with the festive season fast approaching, we’re shining the spotlight on yet another fantastic publication – Yuletide: A Jane Austen-Inspired Collection of Stories.
A holiday short story anthology with some favourite Austenesque authors, YULETIDE is inspired by Jane Austen, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, and the spirit of the season. Regency and contemporary alike, each romance was dreamt to spark love, humour, and wonder while you dawdle over a hot cup of tea this Christmas.
Written and published in just one month, this Christmas themed anthology of Austen inspired short stories comes from The Quill Collective, a group of tenaciously creative authors from across the United States lead by Christina Boyd.
We have copies of the book in stock now, so get yours here!
We’re excited to announce on behalf of Christina and her team, that Yuletide will be released in audiobook format in the coming weeks. Narrated by Harry Frost, the audiobook will be available to buy on Audible late October/early November. If you’d like a taste of what is on offer, listen to the excerpts below.
We’re also delighted to say that a member of our book club will be reviewing the audiobook upon its release. The call will be going out shortly, so if you’d like the chance to receive a free download of the audiobook for review, join our book club below.
All across Bath, bonnets have been sewn, dresses ironed and buckles polished, as we’ve welcomed visitors new and old to this year’s Jane Austen Festival!
The yearly festival favourite, our costumed promenade, saw hundreds of visitors in their finest Regency outfits basking in the late autumn sunshine as they sauntered through the streets of Bath.
Starting in Sydney Gardens, the parade was led by His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot.
The Guildhall played host to the Festival Fayre, where visitors could find everything Regency, from bonnets to books.
Events have been taking place all week, including theatrical performances, book readings, events at the Regency Tea Rooms, crafting workshops, tours and much more.
Is we write there, there are still two full days of the festival to go, so it’s not too late to take part – head over to the Jane Austen Festival website for a full schedule of this weekend’s events!
ITV’s Sanditon, the dramatisation of Austen’s unfinished final novel, was highly anticipated, but to generate extra buzz for its launch, ITV came up with a rather novel form of promotion. It commissioned the renowned landscape painter, David Downes, to create a huge mural painting on a advertising billboard in Charminster, a suburb of Bournemouth in Dorset.
Continue reading Sanditon Celebrated With a 12 Metre Painted Mural
What was Jane Austen’s income? A fair price for her genius?
According to documents published by the Bank of England, Jane Austen’s third published novel, Mansfield Park made Jane just £310, or £22,000 in today’s money.
That doesn’t sound like a lot, and it wasn’t. For comparison, Maria Edgeworth, a writer who was very popular in Jane’s time, received £2,100 for her novel Patronage. Mansfield Park may not be the most popular of Jane’s novels now (it was very well received in its time and sold out it’s first print run in under six months), but at least we’ve heard of it. Not many have heard of Patronage, yet it was that much better in terms of author profits.
The investigative research conducted using the Bank of England’s archive showed that Jane would have made £575 after tax, which would be equivalent to just over £45,000 at today’s rates. In their piece about the research, the Financial Times noted that, even compared to those making their living as full-time adult fiction writers in the U.K. today, Austen’s earnings were pretty small: the average income for full-time fiction writers is £37,000 a year.
The research was conducted by John Avery Jones, who is the first of an occasional series external researchers who will be using the Bank of England’s archives for their work on subjects outside traditional central banking topics. The full article is well worth a read and can be found here.
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