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Jane Austen News – Issue 4

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The 10 Places All Austen Fans Should Visit 

Bustle has recently compiled a list of the top ten places that fans of Jane Austen NEED to go to, and we were delighted to find ourselves at number one!

Other locations included in the must-see sites are Lyme Park in Cheshire, which was the location used by the 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice for exterior shots of Pemberley, and Box Hill in Surrey, where Emma goes for that memorable group picnic.

The full list can be found here:

Literary Map Makes Planning a Cultural Break Easy 

UKMap-2On a similar note, The Good Men Project has a nifty interactive map on their site which allows users to browse areas of the country and discover the famous books that are inspired by or set there.

Each entry comes with suggestions of literary activities and sights to see based on the appropriate book, as well as a series of interesting facts and insider tips on places to eat or stay. Planning a short book-based break just got a whole lot easier.

The map can be found at:

New Cozy Classics Coming Soon

PrideAndPrejudice_COV_FnCrx.inddWe love the range of books that Cozy Classics has to offer. The artistic duo Jack and Holman Wang recreate select classics in their distinctive one-word to one-felt-image format, and in doing so have made high-brow literature accessible to the very youngest of readers.

Usually we’re used to seeing a slightly different edition of Pride and Prejudice to the one we have pictured here, but this year Cozy Classics are relaunching their backlist, and we’re looking forward to seeing their new version of Pride and Prejudice on the shelves from this March onwards. We can also expect to see their adaptation of Emma coming out in the Autumn. We’ve got the classic original versions of Pride and Prejudice and Emma in our Online Giftshop.

Who Would You Be? 

Joan-Bakewell_2283212cJoan Bakewell, broadcaster and Labour peer, said in her latest interview with the Independent that if she was a fictional character she would definitely be Emma Woodhouse.

“I’m like her in always trying to do the right thing and frequently getting it wrong. And given the chance I can be a bit of a busybody.”

If you were an Austen character, which one do you think you would be?

Pride and Prejudice Tops The Romance Charts

STN1003PIC2_323807kWhat is the best romance novel? There are lots and lots of top books lists. So many that you could make a book in its own right out of book lists. But according to those who should know; members of Goodreads – one of the most used and well-known sites for bookworms, Pride and Prejudice is the best romance novel of all time.

Good news indeed. Even better, Jane was the only author to get two books on the list, with Sense and Sensibility coming in at number six.

You can read the full list here:

Summer Ball Tickets On Sale Soon

gallery descPlans for the annual Summer ball are well underway, and soon tickets will be made available for general sale.

This year the ball will be taking place on Saturday June 25th from 6:30pm-11pm at Bath’s impressive Guildhall. As usual it’s sure to be an amazing event, and be warned, it’s one that sells out fast. Tickets will be going on sale in March and available from the Jane Austen Festival website.

You can also browse some photos from previous balls here.


Jane Austen Day with Charlotte

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