Jane Austen News – Issue 73

The Jane Austen News watches the new display take shape

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?     Authors On Austen Up For Auction   Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan, among others, have created revealing handwritten homages about Jane Austen in aid of a charity auction which is being held to raise funds for the Royal Society of Literature. The auction includes Atwood… Read more about Jane Austen News – Issue 73


Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters

Jane and Cassandra

by Caroline Kerr Taylor Their affection for each other was extreme; it passed the common love of sisters; and it had been so from childhood.  Jane’s niece, Anna 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… Read more about Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters


Jane Austen News – Issue 72

The Jane Austen News is keen to get gardening!

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?     The Mother of the Modern Novel Professor Kathryn Sutherland is keen to see Jane Austen praised, not as the queen of romance novels, but rather “as a pioneer — the inventor of the modern novel, the first English novelist to explore the effect of contemporary war on… Read more about Jane Austen News – Issue 72


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


The Formative Years of George Austen, Jane’s father

George Austin

A look at James Cawthorn, George Austen and the Curious Case of the Schoolboy Who Was Killed by Martin J. Cawthorne   Jane Austen’s father, George Austen has many connections to the city of Bath. On the 26th April 1764 he married, by special licence, Cassandra Leigh in St Swithin’s, Walcot.  The Austen family were… Read more about The Formative Years of George Austen, Jane’s father