What’s the Jane Austen News this week? The Guardian Visits Bath! We had a lovely surprise this week when we discovered that The Guardian newspaper has just published a piece about why visiting Bath is such a wonderful thing to do. Included in their two and a half mile round-trip walking tour of Bath (beginning and ending at Bath Spa train station, so a good choice for any London day-trippers) is a stop at our very own Jane Austen Centre! Alan Franks, the journalist who came to visit Bath and wrote the piece, had this short summary of Jane’s two partially Bath-based novels: Two of her six novels – Northanger Abbey and Persuasion – are set in the town. In the course of their narration Bath changes from being a backdrop to a virtual character, full of airs that are not of the healthiest kind. What for Catherine in the first book was elevating has become, for Anne in the second, enervating. Perhaps, given the hot springs that gave the city its name, the best word is immersive. If you fancy following in Mr Franks’ footsteps yourself, then you might like to read the whole of his article here. A Well-Dressed Well of Austen! This week the Jane Austen News was treated to a marvelous sight thanks to Jessica from Derbyshire, who shared pictures of a well dressing which had been created in her local village. In case you’ve not come across it before, well dressing is a tradition
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