Posted on

Jane Austen’s News – Issue #2

Jane Austen Exhibition Opens in Basingstoke

jane austen.jpeg-pwrt3A new temporary exhibition celebrating Jane Austen has opened in Basingstoke, England. Among the artefacts on display at the Willis Museum are Jane’s writing slope and spectacles. There is also the manuscript of one of her early works, The History of England, written in 1791, when she was just 15-years-old and living in Steventon. The various items are on temporary loan from a number of collections, making this a rare opportunity to see them together in the county of Jane’s birth.

At the launch, Hampshire Cultural Trust also announced ‘Jane Austen 200’ – Hampshire’s big theme for 2017 which will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.


Jane Austen’s Matchmaker Zombies Kickstarter


As we step into February (traditionally the month of love and romance), the makers of the Jane Austen Matchmaker Card Game (based on Jane Austen’s Emma) have launched a Kickstarter to create a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies version of their game.

The player with the Curse must draw from the JAMZ (Jane Austen’s Matchmaker with Zombies) pile on their turn, and whenever someone gets married.

Zombie cards transform the Cursed player’s Ladies and Gentlemen into zombies. Their combined Horror is deducted from the Cursed player’s score at the end of the game.

If the Cursed player has no living characters to transform when they draw a Zombie card, they must pass the Curse onto another player.

It sounds… gruesome!

You can find full details on their kickstarter page.


Jane Austen Sweet Treat Recipes from The Telegraph

apple-tart_2-large_trans++eo_i_u9APj8RuoebjoAHt0k9u7HhRJvuo-ZLenGRumAFrequent readers of the Jane Austen Online Magazine will know that we’re partial to a good food article. We were therefore rather taken with this Telegraph piece which provides a handy summary of Jane Austen recipes.

Offerings include rout drop cakes, buttered apple tart (pictured), Bath cakes (also known as Bath buns) and strawberry tartlet.

Pride and Prejudice Turns 200 – A Cartoon Celebration

Cartoonist Jen Sorensen has created a contemporary illustrated version of Pride and Prejudice for  NPR.

In celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the novel, the artist illustrated and coloured an 18-frame comic that tells the story of the Bennet sisters on their search for love.

The humorous twist on the plot lines and inventive use of some best-loved quotes culminates with Darcy’s once epic proposal being summarised  in just a single sentence. Can you guess which one?

What Can Pride and Prejudice Teach Us About Dating?

WuE_Columbnists_10 copyPlaying hard to get and the ‘Jane Bennet Effect’ are two phrases that stand out in Hanna Barbosa Cesnik’s article for Columbia Spectator – and not just because they’re in the title. In her latest article, she deconstructs the romantic relationships in Pride and Prejudice and explains why the Bennet sisters were mistresses of seduction… whether they knew it, or not!

It makes for highly insightful and fun reading for the single lady despairing at Tinder.


Love and Friendship – Excitement Continues to Build

Love and Friendship, Whit Stillman’s screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan is receiving more praise following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, the film is so keenly anticipated here at the Jane Austen Centre that every new review is a frustrating reminder that we mere mortals can’t see it yet!

The Huffington Post features a great interview with Whit Stillman that discusses what drew him to Jane Austen’s world, and his interest in Lady Susan in particular.


Jane Austen Day with Charlotte

Jane Austen’s News is our weekly compilation of stories about or related to Jane Austen. Here we will feature a variety of items, including craft tutorials, reviews, news stories, articles and photos from around the world. If you’d like to include your story, please contact us with a press release or summary, along with a link. You can also submit unique articles for publication in our Jane Austen Online Magazine.

Don’t miss our latest news – subscribe to the Jane Austen Newsletter and receive a digest of stories, articles and news every week. When you subscribe and sign up for an account, you’ll be redirected to a page featuring an exclusive 10% discount code, valid for your first order from the Jane Austen Online Gift Shop.


Jane Austen’s Replica Turquoise Ring – Gold




Want to read the full article?

Sign up for free Jane Austen Membership or if you are an existing user please login

Existing Users Log In
Sign up here to become a Jane Austen member
*Required field