What’s the Jane Austen News this week? Lady Susan’s Little Black Book Penguin launched their innovative Little Black Classics range in February last year, and have already sold more than 2.2 million titles from the range worldwide. Originally there were 80 to choose from (or collect), and Jane’s short story The Beautifull Cassandra was number 33. We were delighted to see the little-known story getting some attention. Now we’re just as happy because, given how successful they’ve been, and to celebrate the first Penguin Classic released in 1946, Penguin has added another 46 titles to the series. Among these will be Jane Austen’s early epistolary novella Lady Susan. Definitely a must-read before the film adaptation comes out later this year under the title Love and Friendship. Another Never-Before-Seen Film Due Lady Susan, a never-before filmed story from Jane Austen, is expected in cinemas this May, to great anticipation. As if this wasn’t good enough, now there’s another never-before-filmed Austen novel to look forward to. Holliday Grainger and Max Irons (both pictured here) are going to star in the adaptation of Sanditon, which will be shot in the UK this June. The adaptation will be directed by Jim O’Hanlon who directed the 2009 BBC TV adaptation of Emma. “Sanditon is that rare and wonderful thing – a genuinely original, never-before-filmed novel by one of the world’s favourite novelists. It has everything audiences have come to expect from classic Jane Austen – comedy, romance, and a dazzling cast of characters for them to fall in love with.” – Director, Jim O’Hanlon Jane
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