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Jane Austen News – Issue 16

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?

Harpist to Publish Jane’s Sheet Music     

th-11Fascinated by the music from the late 1700s and early 1800s, Malibu harpist Suzanne Guldimann has been busy compiling her ninth book of music for the Celtic harp, Music for the Netherfield Ball: Songs and Dances of Jane Austen’s Era, which will soon be available at Amazon. Guldimann’s new book focuses on selections from the Jane Austen Family Collection which Guldimann has transposed and arranged for the Celtic harp. Her source? In the mid-2000s, researchers compiling a bibliography on Jane Austen stumbled across the Austen family’s personal music collection, of which 18 volumes have survived and been put online.

“Some of the music was copied by hand, some of it was printed and gathered up and bound, but there are three volumes that Jane copied down in her own handwriting, so we know she played that music,” Guldimann said.

In Jane Austen’s era playing the harp provided young women with a way to charm potential suitors into marriage. Now, while we may no longer take up instruments in the hope of finding life partners (on the whole), at the Jane Austen News we do very much want to take up the harp so that we can try playing the music that Jane played. We can imagine that we’re not the only ones thinking this…

Bustle: Inspiring The Internet Generation To Try Austen?   

bbcc89b0-e9f1-0133-e6f7-0a315da82319Bustle is a website well known for its popular culture and fashion articles (how to do your hair like Beyonce; what to wear to the office party; five reasons we love Jennifer Lawrence etc). More recently however we at the Jane Austen News have been pleased to see a series of articles popping up on the site which are dedicated to championing Jane Austen. These have included:

  • 19 Mansfield Park Quotes That Will Make You Appreciate This Underrated Classic
  • 17 Northanger Abbey Quotes For Book Lovers 
  • Was Jane Austen Ever Married?
  • 12 Witty Quotes From Jane Austen’s Emma 
  • 12 Incredible Pride and Prejudice Retellings

Given that Bustle articles are so often shared and posted about on Facebook and Twitter, we hope that these titles might receive the same treatment and inspire people who may not have come across Jane’s work before to pick up one of her novels and start reading!

Live Next Door To Pemberley for £3m 

33DB5A6300000578-0-image-a-6_1462447285165Lymewater Hall: a six-bedroom detached home in Stockport, Greater Manchester. It’s a six-bedroom detached home which boasts a statement staircase, home gym, cinema room, wine cellar and games room. But more importantly, it backs onto Lyme Hall – a beautiful National Trust property, famous for being the setting of Mr Darcy’s plush Pemberley pad in the 1995 BBC series (and home to the infamous lake). So if you want to be Mr Darcy’s neighbour now is your chance. Lymewater Hall is up for sale, for the low low price of…£3million!

The property, previously a disused waterworks constructed in 1942, was purchased by Danish architect Tomas Bur Andersen in 2005 and transformed into a luxury modern masterpiece. We’d have preferred the property to be more about Georgian elegance rather than modern glass and chrome fittings, but as far as location goes you can’t really beat it.

Good Reviews From Love and Friendship Previews 
love-and-friendship-image-16Whit Stillman’s new film Love and Friendship, which will for the first time on screen tell the story of Lady Susan – a novella which Jane Austen wrote as a teenager, has been receiving some great reviews from those who have been lucky enough to see a preview. The film is due for release in the U.S. on May 13th and in the U.K. on May 27th, but it has already been shown at films festivals and to members of the press at private screenings.

These are a couple of our favourite quotes from reviews:

It’s flat-out hilarious – find me a funnier screen stab at Austen, and I’m tempted to offer your money back personally.

Tim Robey, The Telegraph


Beckinsale manages to create a character who should be unpleasant (her sister-in-law refers to her as a “genius of the evil kind”) yet is still very much the heroine.

Liz Wheatley, Socialist Review

If we weren’t looking forward to it before (we were), we certainly are now!

Sense and Sensibility Church To Reopen     

14182076-largeThe village church in Upton Pyne near Exeter is believed to be the setting for the marriage of Elinor and Edward in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.

The mediaeval Grade One-listed Church of Our Lady is set in the heart of the village with far-reaching views to the Raddon Hills and the Devon countryside, and has been closed since late last year so that, after winning a grant from the government’s Listed Places of Worship Roof Fund to restore its decaying roof, the roof could be repaired alongside other urgent repairs.

The church repairs are now complete and it has been redecorated in the traditional style. So any Jane fans who may be coming to tour the sites across the UK which inspired her books, you now have one more location to add to your list.

Top Comedian Abandons Internet In Favour Of Austen

160502_3029337_louis_c_k_explains_how_he_kept_horace_and_pYet more proof that Jane Austen is for everyone. Top U.S. comedian Louis C.K. recently shut himself off from the internet as “everything is weird and mean and upsetting.” Instead he sought refugee by pulling out a copy of Pride and Prejudice and beginning to read through that, rather than through the cruelty all over the internet.

On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Louis said that he’s now taken up reading – “something I haven’t done since I was like 19”. And who wouldn’t do the same if the first book they read since they were 19 was Pride and Prejudice? Maybe this endorsement from someone who would never have called themselves a reader before might inspire others to pick up a copy of Pride and Prejudice and escape into Austen’s wonderful worlds!

Jane Austen Day with Charlotte

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