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  • Jane Austen Quiz – Match the Character to the Novel The Jane Austen Quiz – Match the Character to the Novel

     
     
    In this week’s Jane Austen Quiz, we will take a look at who goes with who in the novels.  Score 8/10 or better and you’ll be in with a chance to win a £10 voucher for our Online Gift Shop in our monthly quiz prize …

  • Quiz – Match the characters to the book. What’s in a name? In this quiz, quite a lot! Can you identify which Jane Austen work these ten groups of three named characters come from?
  • Jane Austen Quiz – Money and Wealth In Austen’s novels The Jane Austen Quiz – Money and Wealth in Austen’s Novels

     
    In this week’s Jane Austen Quiz, we will take a look at who has money, who is getting money and who wants money.  Score 8/10 or better and you’ll be in with a chance to win a £10 voucher for our Online Gift Shop in …

  • Quiz Many of Jane’s characters were accomplished to a lesser or greater degree. The over-riding question now is, is one of your accomplishments a thorough knowledge of Jane’s novels? Time to find out with our quiz!
  • Jane Austen Dolls House – a labour of love Every year hundreds of fans come together to The Jane Austen Centre in Bath to celebrate the talent and artistry of Jane Austen, but for those who work at the Centre there can sometimes be occasion to stop and marvel at the incredible works of devotion created by our visitors. An exceptional instance of this came to …
  • An excerpt from Dress in the Age of Jane Austen by Hilary Davidson New in the Jane Austen Online Gift Shop is Dress in the Age of Jane Austen – a fantastic large format hardback book by Hilary Davidson. You can buy the book here.

    Here is an extract from the book’s introduction:
    ‘Civility’, ‘fancying’, ‘imprudence’. Jane Austen used these three words more in her writing than any other …

  • Ten things you might not know about Sense and Sensibility
    As the anniversary of the publication of Jane’s debut novel approaches on October 30th, we bring you ten facts that you might not know about Sense and Sensibility!
     
    1) Jane’s first full length novel was originally known as Elinor and Marianne and told its story through a series of correspondances. Cassandra recalls Jane reading this novel …
  • Yuletide: A Jane Austen-inspired Collection of Festive Stories
     
    From innovative retellings of much-loved classics to the progressive spiritual successors of contemporary literature, Jane’s timeless novels and juvenalia have inspired more than their fair share of modern works and adaptations. And with the festive season fast approaching, we’re shining the spotlight on yet another fantastic publication – Yuletide: A Jane Austen-Inspired Collection of Stories.
    A …
  • The Jane Austen Quiz – How Well Do You Know Mr Darcy? The Jane Austen Quiz – How Well Do You Know Mr Darcy?

    This edition of the Jane Austen Quiz will test your knowledge of Mr Darcy! Score 8/10 or better and you’ll be in with a chance to win a £10 voucher for our Online Gift Shop in our monthly quiz prize draw!
    If you’d like to …

  • Sanditon TV Series Finale Causes Controvery
    It’s fair to say that the series finale of Andrew Davies’ Sanditon adaptation has prompted huge discussion amongst both Jane Austen fans and casual viewers alike!
    Fair warning, this article contains spoilers, so if you haven’t yet seen the final episode and are planning to, click to see some spoiler free interviews with the cast.
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  • The Jane Austen Quiz – Jane’s Other Works The Jane Austen Quiz – Jane’s Other Works

    In this week’s Jane Austen Quiz, we’ll find out how much you know about Jane Austen’s other works! Score 8/10 or better and you’ll be in with a chance to win a £10 voucher for our Online Gift Shop in our monthly quiz prize draw!
    If you’d like to …

  • Jane Austen Letter to Cassandra up for auction A rare handwritten letter from Jane Austen is coming up for auction on 23rd October 2019 at Bonhams in New York.
    Although Jane was a prolific letter writer (it’s estimated that she composed at least 3000 during her life), there are only around 160 known examples surviving – many were destroyed routinely, as was custom of …
  • The Jane Austen Quiz – Food Glorious Food! The Jane Austen Quiz – Food Glorious Food

    This edition of the Jane Austen Quiz centres around food mentions in Jane’s novels. Score 8/10 or better and you’ll be in with a chance to win a £10 voucher for our Online Gift Shop in our monthly quiz prize draw!
    If you’d like to see your scores without …

  • Meet the Watsons! Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Sanditon isn’t the only adaptation of an unfinished novel which is making headlines in the UK at the moment. After a sell-out run in its debut at the Chichester Festival Season in 2018, The Watsons has made its way to London where it’s running until 16th November.
    Sadly as the time of …
  • The Jane Austen Quiz – A Northanger Abbey Special The Jane Austen Quiz – A Northanger Abbey Special

    This edition of the Jane Austen Quiz centres around Northanger Abbey” Score 8/10 or better and you’ll be in with a chance to win a £10 voucher for our Online Gift Shop in our monthly quiz prize draw!
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  • The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World The Most Beautiful Libraries in the WorldWhat does the word “library” evoke in your mind? The smell of old books? Dusty shelves? A sense of peace and tranquility? Or something completely different?

    The New York Public Library
     
    Vogue UK published a fascinating article last week in which it examined eight of the most beautiful libraries in the world. From the classically beautiful Duke …

  • Playing Piano with the Great-Great-Granddaughter of Fanny Knight Back in 2009, Gwen Bevan, the great-great-granddaughter of Jane Austen’s niece, Fanny Knight composed a dozen piano pieces, each reflecting a different aspect of Bath as Jane Austen would have known it. These pieces have been deliberately composed to be tuneful and expressive, without being difficult to learn and have been transcribed into a handsome …
  • Pictures from the Jane Austen Festival 2019 All across Bath, bonnets have been sewn, dresses ironed and buckles polished, as we’ve welcomed visitors new and old to this year’s Jane Austen Festival!
    The yearly festival favourite, our costumed promenade, saw hundreds of visitors in their finest Regency outfits basking in the late autumn sunshine as they sauntered through the streets of Bath.

    Starting in …

  • Sanditon Celebrated With a 12 Metre Painted Mural
    ITV’s Sanditon, the dramatisation of Austen’s unfinished final novel, was highly anticipated, but to generate extra buzz for its launch, ITV came up with a rather novel form of promotion. It commissioned the renowned landscape painter, David Downes, to create a huge mural painting on a advertising billboard in Charminster, a suburb of Bournemouth in …
  • Women’s Circles Broken – Part Five Women's Circles Broken - Part FiveWomen’s Circles Broken: The Disruption of Sisterhood in Three Nineteenth-Century Works
    The author of the following work, Meagan Hanley, wrote this multi-part post as her graduate thesis. Her focus was works of literature by female authors, one of whom was Jane Austen. We thought that the entire essay was wonderful, and so, with her permission, we …
  • Jane on Marriage – An Exclusive Extract from “Be More Jane” by Sophie Andrews Are you more Marianne than Elinor, Lydia rather than Lizzy? Be More Jane will teach you to address life with more sense and less prejudice, taking useful lessons from the novels and letters of Jane Austen. Times may change, but many of our problems remain the same. Sophie Andrews, a young Janeite, knows from personal …
  • Where is Sanditon filmed? Where is Sanditon filmed?Regardless of your opinion on ITV’s adaptation of Sanditon, it’s hard to deny the beauty of the English vistas featured by Andrew Davies. Sanditon itself is a fictional town – an appropriation of the seaside resorts which were gaining popularity in the period – but many of the locations used in Sanditon are local to …
  • Women’s Circles Broken – Part Three Women's Circles Broken - Part ThreeWomen’s Circles Broken: The Disruption of Sisterhood in Three Nineteenth-Century Works
    The author of the following work, Meagan Hanley, wrote this multi-part post as her graduate thesis. Her focus was works of literature by female authors, one of whom was Jane Austen. We thought that the entire essay was wonderful, and so, with her permission, we …
  • Coming Soon: There’s Something About Darcy Coming Soon: There's Something About DarcyThere’s Something About Darcy
    You heard it here first! We’re delighted to announce that this November will see the publication of a new non-fiction book all about Austen’s most famous hero, Mr Darcy, and just why he is so adored.

    The new book by Gabrielle Malcolm will be called There’s Something About Darcy – and indeed there …

  • Women’s Circles Broken – Part Four Women's Circles Broken - Part FourWomen’s Circles Broken: The Disruption of Sisterhood in Three Nineteenth-Century Works
    The author of the following work, Meagan Hanley, wrote this multi-part post as her graduate thesis. Her focus was works of literature by female authors, one of whom was Jane Austen. We thought that the entire essay was wonderful, and so, with her permission, we …
  • Women’s Circles Broken – Part Two Women's Circles Broken - Part TwoWomen’s Circles Broken: The Disruption of Sisterhood in Three Nineteenth-Century Works
    The author of the following work, Meagan Hanley, wrote this multi-part post as her graduate thesis. Her focus was works of literature by female authors, one of whom was Jane Austen. We thought that the entire essay was wonderful, and so, with her permission, we …
  • Interviewing The Cast of Sanditon Interviewing The Cast of SanditonAs the date of the airing of the first episode of Sanditon draws ever nearer (Sunday 25th August, at 9pm on ITV) the cast of Sanditon and the director of the new series have been doing a series of interviews about their thoughts and experiences on bringing this unfinished Jane Austen work to life.
     
    An overview …
  • The BBC Joins The Audiobook Trend The BBC Joins The Audiobook TrendBBC Radio 4 listeners will be able to tune in later this year to a series of twenty unabridged classics, from Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights to The War of the Worlds by HG Wells and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped.
    The works will be available to stream on the BBC Sounds …
  • Sanditon – A review from our Jane Austen Book Club Sanditon - A review from our Jane Austen Book Club

    A Review of Sanditon by Jane Austen
    by Jane Austen Book Club reviewer, Susannah Lawford

    Buy this book here!
    First impressions of this book were amazing. It is aesthetically pleasing, I’m a huge fan of ‘pretty books’ on my bookshelf, with the cover featuring art taken from the library of Congress. It’s also a nice size so even …

  • Pemberley in Peril – Lyme Park Flooded Pemberley in Peril - Lyme Park Flooded

    Lyme Park in Cheshire, the location which was used as Mr Darcy’s Pemberley in the iconic 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, has had to be closed after ‘significant’ flood damage.

    Lyme Park flooded last Wednesday (July 31st 2019) when streams and ponds at the estate in Cheshire burst their banks.
    Paths, walls and fences were …

  • The Jane Austen Turquoise Ring – The History The Jane Austen Turquoise Ring - The HistoryThe Jane Austen Turquoise Ring
    There are only three pieces of jewellery which we know belonged to and were worn by Jane Austen. Few mentions are made of her jewellery within the letters written by Jane or to Jane, so it’s unknown how many pieces of jewellery owned by her may have existed but been lost …
  • The Sanditon Trailer is Here! The Sanditon Trailer is Here!We love this newly released Sanditon trailer! We’ve even managed to spot a few nearby locations in the trailer. If you know the nearby Dyrham Park, keep your eyes peeled!
  • Writing Without Ego = Jane? Writing Without Ego = Jane?Writing Without Ego = Jane?
    Writing for the Financial Times, Jan Dalley spoke this week about the artist and their ego. She laid out the idea that in order to create and put our work out into the public domain we have to have some ego – at least enough to believe that what we are …
  • An Evening of Emma in Fort George An Evening of Emma in Fort GeorgeAn Evening of Emma in Fort George
    At the Jane Austen News we love hearing about celebrations of Jane that happen all around the world. Because as much as we might wish all of Jane’s fans could come to Bath for our Jane Austen Festival in September, we know that there are many who can’t. So …
  • Pride and Prejudice vs. Jane Eyre Pride and Prejudice vs. Jane EyrePride and Prejudice vs. Jane Eyre
    As two of the most popular novels of all time, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre have an incredible number of spin-off books written about them. Two of the books tipped to be summer bestsellers this year are Eligible – a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Steele – a …
  • Lady Susan Gets the Ending She Deserves? Lady Susan Gets the Ending She Deserves?Lady Susan Gets the Ending She Deserves?
    Now to a retelling of a different kind. Lady Susan, the epistolary novella Jane Austen wrote in her youth, will soon be coming to the cinemas in the form of Whit Stillman’s new film Love and Friendship, and John Mullan, author of the book What Matters in Jane Austen?, has been looking …
  • Jane and Fringe Theatre and Puppets Jane and Fringe Theatre and PuppetsJane and Fringe Theatre and Puppets
    As part of Brighton’s 2016 Fringe Festival, the theatre company Box Tale Soup performed their adaptation of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. It’s not like your average stage adaptation though. This one has been done with puppets. Which for some people will be a really interesting and fun change, but the …
  • Fashion and Mourning in Lady Susan Fashion and Mourning in Lady SusanFashion and Mourning in Lady Susan
    Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh, the costume designer for the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, has been speaking about the choices she made to show Lady Susan’s transition from mourning widow to social butterfly.

    “If you actually laid out the costumes, it goes from black to black and grey to mauve, …

  • Feminist Lessons From Jane Feminist Lessons From JaneFeminist Lessons From Jane
    Bustle’s latest article in its series which have been focusing on the works of Jane Austen has moved away from quotes from each of the novels and has instead detailed a feminist lesson that can be learned from each of Jane’s heroines.

    For Anne Elliot from Persuasion the lesson was to be true …

  • John Mullan on Why We Need Plot John Mullan on Why We Need PlotJohn Mullan on Why We Need Plot
    John Mullan, author of the book What Matters in Jane Austen?, has written an article for The Guardian talking about how many of the modern novels and media which are currently being released lack a real sense of plot. In the course of his argument he picks out Emma …
  • Charlotte Rampling Starring in Film Adaptation of Sanditon Charlotte Rampling Starring in Film Adaptation of SanditonCharlotte Rampling Starring in Film Adaptation of Sanditon
    Charlotte Rampling, who has received an OBE for her services to the arts and who has previously played roles in hit period dramas such as The Duchess, is set to play the overbearing nouveau-riche Lady Denham in the never-before-screened story of Sanditon – the novel which Jane began before she …
  • A Jane Austen Acrostic Poem
    This week we were sent a charming acrostic poem by Violeta Murray.

    Jane Austen
     
    Jewel in the English crown
    Attar of a rose in bown
    Nectar and a garden bliss
    Eden in it’s Golden Fleece
    An anointed Goddess made
    Unsurpassed in her trade
    Salutations oh divine
    Troth of all the written words
    Echoes in our souls a stirred
    Nectar from the Gods a spurred

    An acrostic is …

  • Will We Soon Be Going Into The Next Regency Era? Will We Soon Be Going Into The Next Regency Era?The first Regency period ran from 1811 to 1820, and covered the years in which King George III had to give his full powers to his son, King George IV, because of his health. (What the exact illness which the King had is still a hotly debated topic, but the general consensus is that it …
  • Why Do We Have No Pockets? The Regency Removed Them Why Do We Have No Pockets? The Regency Removed ThemHow frustrating is it having no pockets? Very. Just need to take your keys and a phone out with you that day? Don’t want the inconvenience of having to take a bag with you? Too bad, you’ll still need a bag of some kind because very few women’s clothes have pockets in, and those that …
  • Make Your Own Virtual Georgian Wig Make Your Own Virtual Georgian WigBefore the relatively demure fashions of the Regency period came into Vogue, the Georgian ladies (and gentleman to a lesser degree) reveled in creating the most outlandish and elaborate wigs. To do this they built the hair up using padding and hair pieces and then gooey pastes from pig’s fat were used to keep it …
  • Spreading Literature With A Floating Library Spreading Literature With A Floating LibraryThis week we came across an article about a rather unusual library. We’re familiar with mobile libraries which are housed in buses, but we hadn’t come across a floating library before! And certainly not one which is so well stocked!
    Sweden has a floating library — the bokbåten — that brings thousands of books to people …
  • Top Comedian Abandons Internet In Favour Of Austen Top Comedian Abandons Internet In Favour Of AustenTop Comedian Abandons Internet In Favour Of Austen
    Yet 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 …
  • Sense and Sensibility Church To Reopen Sense and Sensibility Church To ReopenSense and Sensibility Church To Reopen
    The 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 medieval 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 …

  • Live Next Door To Pemberley for £3m  Live Next Door To Pemberley for £3m Live Next Door To Pemberley for £3m
    Lymewater 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 …
  • A Look at Jane Austen And Dawlish A Look at Jane Austen And DawlishJane Austen Gives Literary Advice As She Visits Dawlish
    by Donna Fletcher Crow
    Young (and experienced) writers are always advised to seek outside help for their work—join a writers’ group, find a good editor, acquire beta readers. But can you imagine a budding novelist being able to receive advice personally from Jane Austen?

    That was the enviable experience …

  • A Look at The First Photos of Sanditon A Look at The First Photos of SanditonThe first official photos of Sanditon – the upcoming production of Jane Austen’s 11-chapter long unfinished novel of the same name, have been released. We were looking forward to it before, but now we’re more excited than ever to see the finished result!
     
     
     
     
    I’m very excited that we are bringing the world of Sanditon to the …
  • Bustle: Inspiring The Internet Generation To Try Austen? Bustle: Inspiring The Internet Generation To Try Austen?Bustle: Inspiring The Internet Generation To Try Austen?
    Bustle 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 …
  • Harpist to Publish Jane’s Sheet Music Harpist to Publish Jane's Sheet MusicHarpist to Publish Jane’s Sheet Music
    Fascinated 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 …
  • Baby Names for Book Lovers Baby Names for Book LoversBaby Names for Book Lovers
    At the Jane Austen Centre we’ve had a fair few visitors who tell us that they were named after one of Jane’s heroines, or that they themselves named one of their children after Elizabeth Bennet or Elinor Dashwood, so at the Jane Austen News we were interested to read through a …
  • Lieutenant Price = Lieutenant Molesworth Phillips? Lieutenant Price = Lieutenant Molesworth Phillips?Lieutenant Price = Lieutenant Molesworth Phillips?

    On Friday (29th April) emeritus Professor Jocelyn Harris spoke at the University of Otago in New Zealand on the subject of the Mansfield Park character Lieutenant Price (the father of heroine Fanny Price) and her theory that he is a satire of the real life Lieutenant Molesworth Phillips, of the …

  • Matches and Matrimony – Jane Austen In Video Game Format Matches and Matrimony - Jane Austen In Video Game FormatMatches and Matrimony – Jane Austen In Video Game Format

    The Jane Austen News knows well that Jane Austen’s novels have been the subject of countless adaptations and been portrayed through art, film, poetry – practically very medium you can think of. However we didn’t know that they had been turned into a computer game! Matches …

  • Is Jane Austen On A Bank Note A Bad Thing? Is Jane Austen On A Bank Note A Bad Thing?Is Jane Austen On A Bank Note A Bad Thing?

    Jane Austen fans were delighted to learn that Jane was going to be the person featured on the new £10 bank note in 2017, but The Guardian newspaper reporter Eve Livingston was not convinced. In an article published online she argued that:
    While the increased presence of women …

  • The Owners of That First Edition of Persuasion Found The Owners of That First Edition of Persuasion FoundThe Owners of That First Edition of Persuasion Found

    A while ago the Jane Austen News reported on a first edition of Persuasion that had been found in a garage in the U.S. and then sent to Ayer Shirley Regional High School – as the inscription on the flyleaf said that the book’s first owner was Lillian M. …

  • Reasons Why Regency Fashion Rocks! Reasons Why Regency Fashion Rocks!Reasons Why Regency Fashion Rocks!

    Forget modern day ripped jeans and body-con dresses – fashions in the Regency era hold the prize for style in our eyes. The Jane Austen News recently came across a blog that reminded us of a few of the reasons why we love Regency dress, so we thought we’d share them …

  • Jane Austen on the £10…and Ada Lovelace on the £5? Jane Austen on the £10...and Ada Lovelace on the £5?Jane Austen on the £10…and Ada Lovelace on the £5?

    We were delighted when we first heard that Jane Austen was going to be featured on the £10 bank note in 2017. Especially as it wasn’t an easy campaign to get her there. Caroline Criado-Perez fought hard against some real opposition to have her on the …

  • The Fanny Price Wars The Fanny Price WarsThe Fanny Price Wars

    The Jane Austen News enjoyed reading a recent web publication from Marija Reiff at the University of Virginia. The fifteen page extract titled The “Fanny Price Wars”: Jane Austen’s Enlightenment Feminist and Mary Woolstonecraft discusses how Fanny Price the, it would seem controversial, heroine of Mansfield Park has been received by readers who …

  • Curtis Sittenfeld on Austen and Feminism Curtis Sittenfeld on Austen and FeminismCurtis Sittenfeld on Austen and Feminism

    Curtis Sittenfeld, author of the latest release from the Austen Project – Eligible, which is a modern take on Austen’s well-loved Pride and Prejudice, said that she didn’t set out to explore Austen’s feminism or to write a feminist novel, yet that’s what she thinks she has ended up doing.
    “For …

  • Barnes and Noble’s Austen Must-Reads Barnes and Noble's Austen Must-ReadsBarnes and Noble’s Austen Must-Reads

    Top American bookseller Barnes and Noble recently published an article on their website naming the top five must-read recent Austen themed books. Their list went thus:

    Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice)
    Emma by Alexander McCall Smith (a modern retelling of Emma (surprise surprise))
    Austenland by Shannon Hale (an original story)
     Pride …

  • Mr Bingley and Bridget Jones Mr Bingley and Bridget JonesMr Bingley and Bridget Jones
    While reading a recent article online about the similarities between Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones’ Diary (e.g. both open with the words “it is a truth universally acknowledged”, and both Bridget and Lizzy have overbearing mothers) the Jane Austen News came across a little factoid that we’d not realised before.
    While …
  • Mr Wickham – Unpunished? Mr Wickham - Unpunished?Mr Wickham – Unpunished?

    Mr Wickham has been named by The Guardian as one of the most annoyingly unpunished characters in literature. He was beaten only by Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men and Big Brother in 1984.
    As much as we know that really, in terms …

  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries – Showing Us The Way Forward The Lizzie Bennet Diaries - Showing Us The Way ForwardThe Lizzie Bennet Diaries – Showing Us The Way Forward
    Bernie Su, the man behind the interactive digital adaptations of Emma and Pride and Prejudice (check out Emma Approved and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries to see what we mean) has been speaking recently about the best way we can tell stories now.
    In the Georgian era, plays …
  • Mr Darcy Teaching Romance To Sports-Mad Men Of Today Mr Darcy Teaching Romance To Sports-Mad Men Of TodayMr Darcy Teaching Romance To Sports-Mad Men Of Today
    At Jane Austen News we were delighted to discover that Mr Darcy is inspiring some of the men of today to be a little more romantic.
    In an article published on online magazine Verily, self-confessed “sports-crazy, competitive guy” Justin Petrisek explained how his “greatest wealth of dating knowledge has …
  • A Mystery and A First Edition of Persuasion A Mystery and A First Edition of PersuasionA Mystery and A First Edition of Persuasion

    An English teacher named Eleanor Capasso from Ayer-Shirley Regional High School in Massachusetts received a rather mysterious package. Opening the parcel Capasso found that the English department of the school had been sent what appears to be a first edition of Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion. It was a little …

  • ‘The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London’ 'The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen's London'‘The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London’

    Despite it’s title, Nile Green’s new book The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London, actually has very little to do with Jane Austen, at least directly. Unfortunately there is no evidence that Jane Austen ever met — or even …

  • The Illustrated Biography of Jane Austen The Illustrated Biography of Jane Austen

    More book news – another release that has caught the eye of the Jane Austen News is that of Chronicle Books’ new illustrated biography of Jane Austen.
    Chronicle Books has begun a series of books about important people in history, in relatively short, beautifully illustrated volumes. Though not long, these books …

  • Reworked Pride and Prejudice Set To Top Summer Book Charts Reworked Pride and Prejudice Set To Top Summer Book ChartsReworked Pride and Prejudice Set To Top Summer Book Charts

    In recent years, as part of a project that has paired six writers with Austen’s six novels and asked them to reimagine them for the twenty-first century, we’ve seen Alexander McCall Smith bring out Emma, Joanna Trollope write a new Sense and Sensibility, and Val McDermid setting Northanger …

  • Export Deferral Strikes Again  Export Deferral Strikes Again Export Deferral Strikes Again 
    In recent years Ed Vaizey, UK Culture Minister, has used an export ban to fight items of great value and historical significance leaving the UK. One of his interventions helped to recover a ring which had been owned by Jane Austen from X-Factor US winner Kelly Clarkson (and it caused quite a media …
  • Bridget Jones Diary Part 3 – Lizzy Bennet no more?  Bridget Jones Diary Part 3 - Lizzy Bennet no more? Bridget Jones Diary Part 3 – Lizzy Bennet no more?

    Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones’s Diary and its sequels The Edge of Reason and Mad About The Boy, made no secret of the fact that her first Bridget Jones book was heavily influenced by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, to the point where it’s hero …

  • Stressed and Anxious?  Read Emma Stressed and Anxious?  Read EmmaStressed and Anxious?  Read Emma
    Television producer, poet, and best-selling author, Daisy Goodwin, (author of the likes of The Fortune Hunter and My Last Duchess) has compiled her list of books that she recommends for reading when you need help to get through the “trickier times in life.” First on the list is Emma.
    Fiction is a …
  • Austen and International Women’s Day Austen and International Women's DayAusten and International Women’s Day
    Jane Austen is viewed by many as a feminist writer of her time, so we were delighted to learn that Susannah Fullterton of the Jane Austen Society of Australia was invited to be one of the speakers at a meeting hosted by the View Clubs of Australia Area ND as part of the …
  • Brontë on Austen Brontë on AustenBrontë on Austen

    Not everyone is a Jane Austen fan. This was apparently the case for Charlotte Brontë who, although another author who fans of Jane Austen also tend to be fond of, was not so keen on Austen herself it seems.
    As celebrations for 200 years since the publication of Emma continue, a letter written by …

  • Pride and Prejudice and the Risque Rewrite Pride and Prejudice and the Risque RewritePride and Prejudice and the Risque Rewrite
    Pride and Prejudice has been rewritten and adapted an extraordinary number of times and in various forms, and the latest rewrite comes from Curtis Sittenfeld, a well-established American writer, in the form of her new novel Eligible.
    But, as you can probably tell from the following brief quote, it’s a lot …
  • Staying In the Estate That Inspired Pride and Prejudice  Staying In the Estate That Inspired Pride and Prejudice Staying In the Estate That Inspired Pride and Prejudice 
    Rumor has it that Austen started writing Pride and Prejudice after a rejuvenating stay at Goodnestone Park; an English manor in Kent—and that a double wedding held at the mansion inspired the double weddings of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, and of her sister Jane Bennet and …
  • A Brief Programme of Upcoming Jane Austen Theatre A Brief Programme of Upcoming Jane Austen TheatreWe thought our fellow Austen fans might like to know about a couple of Jane Austen theatre events which we’ve found out are happening soon.
    The first is an event which is nice and close to us – a performance of Sense and Sensibility at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells (Wells is approximately 25 minutes from …
  • A Very Special Visit to The Jane Austen Centre A Very Special Visit to The Jane Austen CentreVisitors come to the Jane Austen Centre in Bath for many reasons. Some come as part of a tour they are doing of Jane Austen locations across the UK, some stumble upon us while visiting Bath, some visit us on specific family outings, or on school trips. The list of reasons goes on. However, we …
  • Catherine Morland: A Failed Gothic Novel Heroine? Catherine Morland: A Failed Gothic Novel Heroine?Catherine Morland: A Failed Gothic Novel Heroine? – A guest essay by Lucie Rivet
    Jane Austen is famed for creating literary characters who feel real to the reader. Perhaps for this reason, even two hundred years after her death, film adaptations, sequels and fan fictions are still being created based upon her work, and Jane Austen …
  • An Open Air Jane Austen Performance An Open Air Jane Austen PerformanceIf you’ll be in Bath in the later half of July this year (and hopefully coming to visit the Jane Austen Centre!), then you might like to know that The Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be returning to Bath’s American Museum & Gardens with a production of Pride and Prejudice on July 20th.
    The production will be …
  • How To Start A Book Club How To Start A Book ClubWe came across a wonderful article this week, which we thought readers of the Jane Austen News might like to read. It was an article all about setting up your own book club.

    Here are the four key steps to setting up a book club.
    First, find your book club members
    When you look for book club members, …

  • Love Letters Don’t Have To Go To Mr Darcy Love Letters Don't Have To Go To Mr DarcyLove Letters Don’t Have To Go To Mr Darcy

    The New Orleans Jane Austen Literary Festival has been seeking to champion the art of letter writing during it’s weekend-long event, which draws hundreds of Austen fans from far across the Gulf South to attend.
    “Our main objective is to encourage the fine art of letter writing,” said …

  • Charlton Heston – An Unlikely Fan Charlton Heston - An Unlikely FanCharlton Heston – An Unlikely Fan

    Actor Charlton Heston, best known for his impressive roles in Ben Hur and Planet of the Apes, was a lesser-known Austen fan it seems. In his vast collection two storey library in his Beverley Hills home he had shelves dedicated to rare books, and on those shelves he had
    The first …

  • Emma Hamilton Emma HamiltonEmma Hamilton

    Emma Hamilton was perhaps best known for being the mistress of Lord Horatio Nelson. She was lampooned by the press and decried for her common accent and scandalous love life. However, there was far more to her than the cartoonists of the time would have had you believe. Now her descendants are looking to …

  • A Jane Austen Reading Room A Jane Austen Reading RoomA Jane Austen Reading Room

    The Minneapolis Institute of Art has restyled their Queen Anne period living room into an Austen-inspired literary retreat in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Emma. Their new Jane Austen Reading Room contains a pair of bookshelves stocked with a huge range of books related to Austen and, above the …

  • The Advantages of Austen in an American High School The Advantages of Austen in an American High SchoolThe Advantages of Austen in an American High School

    One school in California has found some surprising side-effects stemming from their staging a production of Sense and Sensibility. Students from Bakersfield College have found themselves not only speaking with British accents, but also walking taller and sitting up straighter in their chairs.

    They had to learn to…carry themselves …

  • Jane Austen and the Waterloo Map Jane Austen and the Waterloo MapJane Austen and the Waterloo Map

    Jane and the Waterloo Map is the thirteenth mystery in the Jane Austen series by Denver author Stephanie Barron, and this is a pretty cool review of what you can expect from it in case you haven’t read any of her other books. Think Jane Austen crossed with Sherlock Homes …

  • Jane Austen’s Juvenilia: Beautiful Proto-Feminism Jane Austen's Juvenilia: Beautiful Proto-FeminismJane Austen’s Juvenilia: Beautiful Proto-Feminism

    Devoney Looser, Professor of English at Arizona State University, has published a wonderful article that highlights the fire and feminism in what is possibly Jane’s most satirical work – her Juvenilia, which consists of 74,000 words written when Jane was between the ages of 11 and 17.
    Lady Susan is a human train wreck, a …

  • Did You Know? Did You Know?Did You Know?

    Helen Amy, the author of The Jane Austen Files, has written an article for BBC History Extra magazine with 8 lesser-known Jane Austen facts.
    Did you know that there’s no mention on Jane’s gravestone that she was an author? Or that Jane’s cousin is said to have saved her life when she was a child?
    The full …

  • Proposing Without Proposing Proposing Without ProposingProposing Without Proposing

    The tradition of Bachelor’s Day – where women can propose to men on February 29th, comes once every four years, and is thought to date back to around 500 A.D and St. Brigit of Kildare.
    In a related article for the Guardian, Moria Redmond looked at how various female literary characters throughout the ages …

  • Pride and Prejudice…and Complicated Punctuation? Pride and Prejudice...and Complicated Punctuation?Pride and Prejudice…and Complicated Punctuation?

    Adam Calhoun, a literary enthusiast, recently decided to strip back eight of his favourite novels to just their punctuation and analyse the results.
    Interestingly, although Austen’s novels are renowned for long sentences and lots of commas, Adam found that Ernest Hemingway actually uses much denser punctuation. He also found that William Faulkner’s Absalom! …

  • The Leading Ladies of Love & Freindship (sic) Talk Austen Adaptations The Leading Ladies of Love & Freindship (sic) Talk Austen AdaptationsThe Leading Ladies of Love & Freindship (sic) Talk Austen Adaptations

    Kate Beckinsale, who is due to play Lady Susan Vernon in Whit Stillman’s upcoming feature film based on Austen’s Lady Susan, and Chloe Sevigny, who will take the role of her American friend Alicia Johnson, have been speaking about the issues and joys that come …

  • Sense and Sensibility and Accidental(?) Feminism Sense and Sensibility and Accidental(?) FeminismSense and Sensibility and Accidental(?) Feminism

    In other Sense and Sensibility news, Devoney Looser has published an in-depth article that explores how he feels Ang Lee’s 1996 film adaptation brought out the novel’s feminist roots.
    Looser believes that Ang Lee built on Austen’s Sense and Sensibility by adding new egalitarian attitudes toward women to Colonel Brandon and Edward Ferrars.
    “The …

  • The Lost Art of Love Letters The Lost Art of Love LettersThe Lost Art of Love Letters

    American author Kevin Symmons who is worried that in this age of Facebook and Twitter we’re not writing enough love letters. He’s been looking at examples of love letters from across the ages (the oldest according to some scholars may even date back as far as 2000 B.C.) and is …

  • Jane Inspires Art Exhibition Jane Inspires Art ExhibitionJane Inspires New Art Exhibition

    Jane Austen’s work has been interpreted in a great number of different ways; through theatre, song, television, films, and of course through hundreds of books.
    An interpretation of Jane and her characters saw American artist Amy Lee Lummus fuse her own modern style of painting with Jane’s 18th century stories. You can …

  • Pride and Prejudice Tops The Romance Charts Pride and Prejudice Tops The Romance ChartsPride and Prejudice Tops The Romance Charts

    What 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 …

  • Who Would You Be?  Who Would You Be? Who Would You Be?

    Joan 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 …

  • Literary Map Makes Planning a Cultural Break Easy Literary Map Makes Planning a Cultural Break EasyLiterary Map Makes Planning a Cultural Break Easy

    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 …

  • The 10 Places All Austen Fans Should Visit The 10 Places All Austen Fans Should VisitThe 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 …

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Film Reviews Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Film ReviewsPride and Prejudice and Zombies – Film Reviews

    “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
    Whether or not you just winced will tell you how much you’re likely to enjoy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
    – Games Radar.

    And so opens the first in a wave of …

  • Top 10 Romantic Quotes – Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility Ranks Number 1 Top 10 Romantic Quotes - Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility Ranks Number 1Top 10 Romantic Quotes – Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility Ranks Number 1

    “My heart is, and always will be, yours”
    This heart-melting affirmation of love from Edward Ferrars to Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility has been ranked as the most romantic quote from romantic literature, film and TV drama.
    Jane Austen’s quote beat off rivals from a …

  • How Well Do You Know Emma? How Well Do You Know Emma?How Well Do You Know Emma?

    BBC Radio 5 has put together a ‘How Well Do You Know Jane Austen’s Emma‘ quiz. They’ve also re-linked to a fascinating programme first broadcast in November 2015, in which Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the novel and its themes. Those in the UK will be able to download it …

  • The Love of Strangers The Love of StrangersThe Love of Strangers

    1815 was of course the year that Jane Austen’s Emma was first published, but in 2015 another important, unpublished work from the period surfaced – the diary of a young Muslim student named Mirza Salih Shirazi. It tells the real-life story of six scholars enjoying the very best of Regency life in England.
    The Love of Strangers – What Six …

  • Create a Household Book Create a Household BookCreate a Household Book

    Jane Austen’s friend Martha Lloyd shared a house with Jane and her sister Cassandra, and later married their brother. A close and long-time friend of the family, she kept a Household Book containing all kinds of recipes that became Austen family staples.
    In this inspirational craft blog, Laura Boyle discusses the tradition of …

  • Love and Friendship – Excitement Continues to Build Love and Friendship - Excitement Continues to Build
    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 …

  • Pride and Prejudice Turns 200 – A Cartoon Celebration Pride and Prejudice Turns 200 - A Cartoon CelebrationPride 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 …

  • Jane Austen Sweet Treat Recipes from The Telegraph Jane Austen Sweet Treat Recipes from The TelegraphJane Austen Sweet Treat Recipes from The Telegraph

    Frequent 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 …

  • Jane Austen’s Matchmaker Zombies Kickstarter Jane Austen's Matchmaker Zombies KickstarterJane 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 Exhibition Opens in Basingstoke Jane Austen Exhibition Opens in BasingstokeJane Austen Exhibition Opens in Basingstoke

    A 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 …

  • An Emma Adaptation from ITV An Emma Adaptation from ITV

    An Emma Adaptation from ITV

    Production company Tomorrow Studios has teamed up with ITV Studios to produce a new mixed-language, Indian-set adaptation of Emma called Polite Society, which sees the story of Emma transported into modern-day Delhi.
    Polite Society follows the exploits of Ania, who is the daughter of a wealthy Indian family and who aspires to match-make for her …

  • The Cast of Sanditon is Announced The Cast of Sanditon is Announced
    The Cast of Sanditon is Announced

    Following on from the news of a new adaptation of Emma for ITV, is more ITV adaptation news. Details of casting for the upcoming series of Sanditon (which is currently filming at the wonderfully local Bottleyard Studios near Bristol) have been revealed. So far we have been told that:
    Anne Reid (who’s …

  • Jane Dates in the 21st Century Jane Dates in the 21st Century

    Jane Dates in the 21st Century

    Finally this week, at the Jane Austen News we really rather enjoyed this satirical look at what Jane would have made of modern dating today from her 19th Century perspective. It’s the first in the series from a new YouTube series called The History Bombs Show. We’re looking forward to …

  • Jane Austen Letter Remnants Jane Austen Letter Remnants
    Jane Austen Letter Remnants

    When a private US collector paid £16,000 in September 2017 for a book of historical autographs (including those from such prominent figures as George Washington and Queen Victoria) they probably weren’t expecting to come across something which Jane Austen fans worldwide are always longing for – a lost extract from one of …

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    Sovereign George III on £100,000 Sovereign

    An incredibly rare 200-year-old gold sovereign is being sold by the Royal Mint for £100,000. The George III sovereign was one of 3,574 to be struck in 1819 and there are around only 10 left in the world.

    Fans of Georgian antiques and those …

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      Jane Austen and Economics

    This week we came across an article from the archives of the Jane Austen Society of North America looking at the economics of Jane Austen’s novels. It made the very good point that, although we know that Mr Darcy had an income of £10,000 a …

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      The Best of Dame Emma Thompson

    In issue 163 of the Jane Austen News we looked at a list of the top Dame Judi Dench films. Well this week we were once again intrigued by a list ranking the best films by one of our favourite actresses – Dame …

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      The Biggest Bookcase Ever?

    One street artist has taken his love for literature to the extreme by creating an enormous bookcase mural in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Boekenkast (the Dutch word for bookcase) is the creation of local artist Jan Is De Man, and can perhaps best be …

  • A Jane Austen Essay – Austen’s Intentional Deprivation of Matriarchy A Jane Austen Essay - Austen’s Intentional Deprivation of MatriarchyA Jane Austen Essay by Mark Massaro, M.A.
    Through the absence, or the duplicity, of mother figures, Jane Austen presents the perceived illusion of matriarchy within the Regency culture.
    During her lifetime in England, patriarchy dictated the treatment of wealth, the home, the government, and relationships, which suppressed the leadership role of females.
    While Austen’s novels deal with …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 164 What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    On Beating Writer’s Block

    If you long to be a writer like Jane Austen, then the phrase ‘writer’s block’ is one to be feared. However, we came across a fantastic article this week with great tips on how to beat writer’s block should it hit you.
    Tip One: Put on …

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     An Event for Austen Fans in Oregon

    The second annual Jane Austen Tea & Faire, will being taking place this weekend (27th-28th April) in Aurora, Oregon.
    There will be four tea seatings, over twenty Faire vendors, various demonstrations of Regency skills, displays, readings and a period-appropriate photo booth.
    The two-day event …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 162 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?

     Jane Austen adaptations filming in the South West

    If you’re around the South-West of England over the Easter holidays, there’s a chance that you might happen across the film crews for two major forthcoming Jane Austen adaptations!
    In the past couple of weeks, crews for Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Sanditon …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 161 Jane Austen News - Issue 161What’s the Jane Austen News this week?

     Pemberley in New York

    If you loved the scenes of Pemberley in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and wished that you could visit the location where it was filmed,  then you might be able to do the next best thing if you’re able to get …

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    Plans for Jane Austen in Bronze in Bath 

    Plans are in the works to honour Jane Austen, perhaps Bath’s most famous resident, with a life-size monument.
    The Jane Austen Centre hopes to erect a bronze statue of the famous author at a location in the city later this year. The statue …

  • Regency Tea Room Menu Regency Tea Room Menu
    Tea with Mr. Darcy – £19.50 /£37 (for 2) – A decadent and delicious serving of exquisite cakes, divine finger sandwiches and a delightful warm scone served with Dorset clotted cream and seasonal jam.
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 159 Jane Austen News - Issue 159What’s the Jane Austen News this week?

    An Animated Lesson on Jane Austen 

    This week we came across a wonderful new video on the TED-Ed website.
    TED-Ed are original lessons published on the TED website, only instead of an on-stage talk given by a speaker, the Ted-Ed videos feature the words and ideas of educators, that are …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 158 Jane Austen News - Issue 158What’s the Jane Austen News this week?

    ‘Such Fun’ With Colin Firth 

    The popular British comedian Miranda Hart did something many of us can only dream of doing; she got to cuddle up with a copy of Pride and Prejudice, by a roaring fire, alongside Mr Darcy himself – Colin Firth!
    The video below in which Miranda …

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    The Current Women on Currency 

    When Jane Austen was announced as the new face of the £10 note we were thrilled, and now thanks to an article written for International Women’s Day, we’ve been introduced to other remarkable women who’ve been honoured on currencies around the world. These are …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 156 Jane Austen News - Issue 156What’s the Jane Austen News this week?

    Would Mr Darcy’s Wet Shirt Be As Good Today?

    In an article published this week for BBC Culture, Emma Jones explored the new wave of TV shows which are featuring nudity and sex, and whether they mean that modern viewers are becoming “less prudish”.
    She looked …

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    Ammonite Arrives in Lyme Regis  

    Jane Austen’s Sanditon isn’t the only Period drama being filmed this year that we’re looking forward to. A new film called Ammonite is another film in progress that we’re keen to see.
    As well as Jane Austen, if you’ve read about some of …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 153 Jane Austen News - Issue 153What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    A Surprise Newcomer Beats Pride and Prejudice 
    To mark Valentine’s Day, Goodreads have announced their top romance novels of all time, based on the ratings of their 80 million members.
    But it wasn’t one of the well-known and much loved romantic tales that came out as number one. Even though …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 152 Jane Austen News - Issue 152What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    An Upcoming Recommended Read…Or Maybe Not? 
    The British Library’s collection of ‘obscene writing’ will shortly be available to view online.
    The ‘Private Case’ of sexually explicit books dating back to 1658 ranges from the hijinks of Roger Pheuquewell to pioneering gay porn in the 19th century, and will shortly be uploaded …

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    Note Discovery Proves Jane Austen Portrait Authentic? 
    The portrait opposite has to be one of the most controversial images of Jane Austen that there is.
    It’s known as the Rice Portrait, and for years the Rice family who own the portrait have been fighting to prove that it is …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 150 Jane Austen News - Issue 150What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    A Call to Date Like Jane Austen Would Have 
    This week the Jane Austen News came across a lovely article published on Bustle. The article is a call to take a leaf out of the dating playbook (as it were) which was used in Jane Austen’s era. It …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 149 Jane Austen News - Issue 149What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    Lost Photographs of Jane Austen’s Nieces

    Lost photographs of Jane Austen’s nieces and nephews have been discovered in an old photo album which was purchased on eBay. Karen Levers, 51, bought the book of Victorian photographs for $1,000 (£780) from eBay, expecting it to be full of pictures of 19th century …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 148 Jane Austen News - Issue 148What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    Feminist Library Saved from Closure

    London’s Feminist Library has been saved from closure thanks to its supporters raising £35,000 towards its survival. Redevelopment plans had threatened it, but an influx of donations from hundreds of people mean that the volunteer-run archive in London can afford to move to new …

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    Happy Public Domain Day! 

    On January the 1st 2019, hundreds of works of art entered the U.S. public domain following a delay of two decades!
    Thanks to a bill which extended copyright terms in 1998, one which was urged in by the Walt Disney Company (in a bid to protect …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 146 Jane Austen News - Issue 146What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    The Two Kinds of Jane Austen Fan

    E.M. Dadlez, a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Central Oklahoma, this week published an article which puts Jane Austen fans into two separate camps. One side is for Pride and Prejudice and Emma, while the other one emphatically embraces the …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 145 Jane Austen News - Issue 145What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    A Plethora of Period Dramas

    We’re really looking forward to Christmas this year! As well as spending time with family and friends and partaking of delicious food and drink, we have some amazing programmes coming up on the BBC that are on our “must watch” (or tape for later) …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 144 Jane Austen News - Issue 144What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    A New Film Adaptation of Emma

    UK production company Working Title Films is in the early stages of producing a new film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. 

    The screenplay for the new film is being written by Eleanor Catton (Catton’s name may be familiar as she won the 2013 Man Booker …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 143 Jane Austen News - Issue 143What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    Austen Heard It Through The Vyne?

    This week The Telegraph newspaper published an online article about a house in Sherborne St John near Basingstoke in Hampshire called The Vyne. The reason it caught the eye of the Jane Austen News is because it has been suggested that Jane …

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    Willoughby on Sense and Sensibility

    In an article published in The Telegraph, this week we were surprised to find out that in his youth, Greg Wise (aka John Willoughby from the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility) came close to giving up acting, which would have meant that …

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    Sanditon Just Down The Road!

    There’s exciting news for those of us in the South West/Bristol area.
    As you probably already know, Andrew Davies, the writer behind behind the likes of the TV adaptations of Pride and Prejudice 1995 and War and Peace has joined the team at Red …

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    Forget Books Before You Die, Try Books Before You Wed

    There are plenty of lists which lay out which books you need to read before you die, but one the Jane Austen News hasn’t come across before is a list of books to read before your wedding day. …

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    Pride and Prejudice Retold in Pakistan

    US-based Pakistani author, Soniah Kamal, will soon be publishing her new book, Unmarriagable, which is (as you might have guessed from the heading) Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice retold in modern-day Pakistan.
    The book is due to be released in January 2019, but …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 138 Jane Austen News - Issue 138What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    Mr Darcy’s Reputation Condemned At Lit Fest
    Writer and podcaster Dolly Alderton delivered a controversial judgement on Jane’s most famous romantic hero, Mr Darcy, at Cheltenham Literature Festival this Sunday.
    Alderton put forward her opinion that Darcy is a conceited, rude, humourless snob, who has had a dangerous effect …

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    The Man Who Won A Bookshop

    When Paul Morris, owner of Bookends bookshop in Cardigan, decided that he wanted to retire, he made the unusual move of raffling his bookshop off instead of putting it up for sale (it was worth an estimated £30,000 if he was to …

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    The Author Behind The Film

    In the Jane Austen News last week we mentioned the upcoming film Colette, starring 2005 Lizzy Bennet actress Keira Knightley. Well since then we came across a brilliant TIME article which gave us a bit more background about the author, and we …

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    In Defence of the Period Drama

    Keira Knightley has been in a great number of period dramas. She was Elizabeth Bennet in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice, Anna in Anna Karenina, Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire in The Duchess…the list goes on.
    As a regular actress in period dramas, …

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    A Georgian Estate For £13.50?
    If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own Pemberley, but lack Mr Darcy’s £10,000 a year (more like £800,000 a year these days due to inflation), then the following quirky competition may be of interest.
    A couple has decided that, following disappointment as they …

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    Taking Modern London Back to the Georgian Era

    As fans of Jane Austen, and therefore potentially fans of other authors whose stories are set in the early 19th century, you may or may not have had the new TV adaptation of Vanity Fair marked out as required viewing …

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    Bookseller Wanted…In The Maldives!

    Philip Blackwell, scion of the bookseller family is advertising a vacancy that might just be the dream job of any sun-loving bookworms. He is looking for a bookseller to work at what is possibly the world’s most remote bookshop, based in the luxury eco …

  • A Contrary Wind by Lona Manning – A Review A Contrary Wind by Lona Manning - A ReviewA Contrary Wind by Lona Manning
    Jane Austen is one of the most popular authors in English literature, and for that reason there have been a huge number of books and stories written that have been based on her work. These have ranged from the excellent to the shockingly bad. Lona Manning’s A Contrary Wind falls …
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    Behind The Scenes With Rosamund Pike
    We mentioned in the Jane Austen News a week or two back that Audible Studios will soon be releasing (it’s due on September 4th) a new dramatised audio adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. However, it seems that us Austen fans don’t have …

  • Captain Wentworth’s trip to Portsmouth is a Victory Captain Wentworth's trip to Portsmouth is a VictoryFrom Captain Wentworth’s Travel Journal:
    So Admiral Horatio Nelson has been something of a hero of mine for… well, for as long as I can remember. My hero worship started (believe it or not) with Star Trek’s very own Captain James Tiberius Kirk. When William Shatner accepted the role he had trouble getting into the head …
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    A Nostalgia Trip to the 1800s

    Those who think that Jane’s novels sanitised life in Georgian England do like to remind Austen fans that life at that time was no picnic. There was civil unrest in countries across Europe, there were high taxes on commodities such as tea and …

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    Emma Starring Emma

    A new Audible Original dramatisation of one of Jane Austen’s novels is due out in September.
    In 2017 Audible released a dramatised production of Jane’s Northanger Abbey featuring, among others, Emma Thompson (Elinor Dashwood and scriptwriter of the 1995 Sense and Sensibility film adaptation) and Eleanor …

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    Mary B Gets Rave Reviews

    Katherine J. Chen has written a debut novel that may be of great interest to those Jane Austen fans who have always had a soft spot for the quiet and bookish Mary Bennet.
    In Mary B, Mary Bennet finally gets what some reviewers have said …

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    Music and Austen and Bath – A Classic Combination

    Great Western Railway teamed up with ClassicFM.com this week to promote their summer of adventures – where GWR encourage more people to take train journeys to parts of the UK in order to have ‘adventures’ by exploring cities they’ve never …

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    Sanditon – The Family Saga Coming Soon

    Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon is being adapted for television for the first time ever, and at the head of the project is the screenwriter behind the iconic 1995 Pride and Prejudice TV adaptation, Andrew Davies.
    On July 10, Polly Hill, ITV’s Head …

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    Austen Exception to the Rule?

    In new research, Cornell University psychologists found that study participants were more than twice as likely on average to call male professionals – even fictional ones – by their last name only, compared to equivalent female professionals. This example of gender bias, the researchers …

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    Instagram, But For Books Only

    A new app the Jane Austen News came across this week is Litsy, which we thought was so nice we had to share it with you.
    Litsy is a cross between Instagram and Goodreads. You “follow” different readers and publishers who then share …

  • Pride and Prejudice and “Universally Acknowledged” “Truths” Pride and Prejudice and “Universally Acknowledged” “Truths”Pride and Prejudice and “Universally Acknowledged” “Truths”
    by Seth Snow

    Jane Austen’s readers are quite familiar with the opening line of Pride and Prejudice:
    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of …

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    Audiobooks More Engaging Than Films Says Study

    A UCL (University College London) study, backed by Audible, has found that the unconscious responses we have to scenes from books are strongest when we listen to the book in the auditory format as opposed to that of television or film.
    UCL researchers …

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    Charles Austen’s Story to be Shown?

    Writer Susanne Notman is helping to tell the story of Charles Austen, one of Jane Austen’s brothers who was an officer in the Navy, through her screenplay Our Own Particular Little Brother.
    Notman’s screenplay recently won the Gold Remi award at the WorldFest-Houston International …

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    Janeites on Display in Bradford

    Impressions Gallery in Bradford is getting ready for its newest exhibition; an exhibition featuring work by the winners of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. Included in the exhibition are photographs in the series Where We Belong by Alejandra Carles-Tolra, who has photographed a community of Janeites …

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    Austen In “Writing The West” Course

    Jane Austen wasn’t the only writer to be inspired by and live in the South West. Other famous poets and novelists of the 18th and 19th century who are associated with the West of England include Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, Mary Shelley …

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    If At First You Don’t Enjoy… Give Up?

    The UK charity The Reading Agency recently commissioned a poll to discover the nation’s reading habits, as one way of marking World Book Night which took place on Monday April 23rd. One of the things which the poll found out was …

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    A Dictionary of 19th Century Language

    This week the Jane Austen News has put our book recommendation for the week as the first item in the news as we’ve had  such a lovely time exploring the Oxford Illustrated Dictionary of 19th Century Language.
    The illustrated dictionary is a new release …

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    Jane Austen Meets Midsomer Murders

    We’re not sure how big the crossover is between Jane Austen fans and Midsomer Murders fans, but if you (like me) enjoy a nice bit of escapism with DCI John Barnaby as he investigates yet another murder in the deadliest county in England (luckily …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 116 – Colin Firth Jane Austen News - Issue 116 - Colin FirthWhat’s the Jane Austen News this week? Colin Firth! 

    Colin Firth Broods Again

    If you’re reading this then in all likelihood the role that you most associate with Colin Firth is the brooding Mr Darcy from the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Well, good news, Firth-Darcy fans: Colin’s next big role is another classic …

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    Over-the-Top Austen On PC

    At the Jane Austen News we rather suspect that this latest Austen-based PC game is going to be a bit like Marmite – you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. There is no middle ground.
    Tongue-in-cheek satirical strategy game Austen Translation is due for release …

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    Emma On Broadway

    A new West End and Broadway production of Emma: A New Musical is currently being developed by award-winning director Thom Southerland, award-winning playwright Meghan Brown, and Sarah Taylor Ellis, a composer who specialises in musicals about women.
    The leading roles will be played by Carly Bawden, Rupert …

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    Matthew Not Wanted As Mr Darcy

    A few months ago we very much enjoyed watching a new production of E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End on the BBC. Unfortunately many of our overseas readers who would have liked to have seen it weren’t able to as they can’t receive BBC …

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    Georgian “Banned” Book Beats All Estimates

    We love old books here at the Jane Austen News, but this week we came across an example of a highly unusual one up for auction that might have raised a few eyebrows in the Austen household.
    A 300-year-old sex manual which was as …

  • Jane Austen Fan News – Issue 111 Jane Austen Fan News - Issue 111What’s the Jane Austen Fan News this week? 

    Jane Austen and the Stash of the Raven

    Ask a Jane Austen fan and they’ll soon be able to tell you the many advantages of having the entire works of Jane Austen in your home library. Her novels are a must-have, go-to resource for times of trouble when …

  • Why Jane Austen’s Persuasion Still Captivates Audiences Why Jane Austen's Persuasion Still Captivates AudiencesThis Spring 2018, Theatre6 is producing a touring production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Artistic Director Kate McGregor discusses why they’ve chosen to adapt the work for six actor musicians, and why Persuasion remains so captivating for today’s audiences.

    Adapting a novel like Jane Austen’s Persuasion for the stage, from the earliest planning stages until the opening …

  • Austen Superpowers: Finding Yours With Anne Elliot Austen Superpowers: Finding Yours With Anne ElliotAnne Elliot: A quiet force to be reckoned with.
    Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.
    Lizzy Bennet may be the one with all the flash and sparkle, but one should never underestimate one of Austen’s more reserved heroines, Anne Elliot of …
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    Emma Changes The Face of Fiction

    200 years after it was first published, John Mullan, professor of English at University College London and a specialist in eighteenth-century literature, is arguing that Jane Austen’s Emma belongs alongside the works of Flaubert, Joyce and Woolf as one of the great experimental …

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    Do Some Books Have “Best Before” Dates?

    In our travels around the web this week, we at the Jane Austen News found an article by Jennifer Finney Boylan for the New York Times which talked about the best age at which to read books. Are there some books which …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 108 – Janeites and Shelley Jane Austen News - Issue 108 - Janeites and ShelleyJaneites! What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

    Mary Bennet and Frankenstein’s Monster

    This is an important year for fans of Mary Shelley, it being the 200th anniversary of the publication of her most famous novel, Frankenstein. There will be plenty of books published this year which centre on the book and on the author herself, …

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    A Bookshop Of Women For All

    As a pioneering female author we think that Jane would love this idea.
    Penguin has teamed up with Waterstones to mark International Women’s Day by opening a pop-up store in East London. The bookshop will run from the 5th-9th of March and will sell …

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    The Latest Olympic Sport – Jane Austen Curling

    Well here’s one we at the Jane Austen News never thought we’d see!
    A theatre company who are currently performing a stage adaptation of Sense and Sensibility at the Arvada Center in Colarado have gone viral with their latest video. …

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    Vote For Bath’s Mr Bennet!

    If you’ve been to visit us at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, you’ve probably met our famous Mr Bennet, a.k.a Martin. He’s our senior meeter and greeter, and is the most-photographed man in England. He’s been with us for over ten …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 104 – Austen and Bath Jane Austen News - Issue 104 - Austen and BathWhat’s the Jane Austen News from Bath this week? 

     

      A New Rom-Com Films in Bath 
    It may not be a new Jane Austen adaptation, which is of course what we’d ideally like to see being filmed in the city this year, but exciting news nevertheless as Bath becomes a film set once more.

    A new …

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    Jane In The West End

    Some of our readers might remember that the UK was treated to a touring, musical-adaptation of Persuasion last year. Well now, rather than one of her novels, Jane’s life has been adapted into a musical.
    Jane Austen the Musical is receiving great reviews as it …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 102 Jane Austen News - Issue 102What’s the Jane Austen News this week? Bestsellers and Northanger Abbey! 

     

    Female Authors Dominate the Bestseller List

    Female authors were very definitely in the minority when Jane Austen was writing, but certainly not in 2017! The Bookseller‘s analysis of literary fiction book sales from last year found that there was only one male author on the …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 101 Jane Austen News - Issue 101What’s the Jane Austen News this week? Costume Dramas! 

     

    Historical Accuracy Vs. Diversity

    We love costumes dramas. Some of our favourite recent viewings have been the hit costume dramas shown over Christmas. We had the sumptuous The Miniaturist, we had a new three-part adaptation of Little Women, and we’ve had a Call The Midwife Christmas special. …

  • Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentleman Rogues – A Review Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentleman Rogues – A ReviewDangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentleman Rogues
    Sketching the Characters of Jane Austen’s Bad Boys!
    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    OVERVIEW:
    After delivering a splendidly successful and praiseworthy short story anthology devoted to Mr. Darcy, editor Christina Boyd and a team of skilled and imaginative authors have decided to join forces again for Dangerous to Know: …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 100 Jane Austen News - Issue 100What’s the Jane Austen News this week? Austen’s Books! 

     

    Austen’s Books Banned Behind Bars

    This week we were surprised to learn that a new program in New York is severely restricting the books which will be available in prisons. This new program, amazingly, has effectively banned, among other classic authors, Jane Austen’s books.
    Directive 4911A, as it …

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    A Fan of Bath’s First Assembly Rooms comes to Bath

    Although the Assembly Rooms built in 1771, and still to be found in all their glory at Bennett Street, are the ones most people think of when they think of Bath’s Assembly Rooms, they weren’t actually Bath’s first Assembly …

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    David Baddiel Defends Austen

    “If you put Jane Austen‘s name in any programme name, it will be commissioned,” said Giles Coren on Radio 4’s Today programme when he went on the show to promote his new documentary I Hate Jane Austen (which aired on Sky Arts last week).
    At the …

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    Meet Mr Bennet

    Our Mr Bennet, who is almost synonymous with the Jane Austen Centre as he stands at the Centre entrance in all weathers to greet our visitors with warmth and charm, has been featured in the Bath Chronicle this week.
    His article is the first of the Chronicle’s …

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    To Lop and Crop or Leave Alone?

    There has long been a debate around whether the books Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters are a bit of fun or an absolute travesty.
    Jane Austen spin-offs are subjected to huge amounts of criticism, both good …

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    Austen HEAVILY Abridged

    One of our favourite finds at the Jane Austen News this week has to be the work of the late Australian comedian, John Clarke.
    In his posthumously published book, Tinkering: The Complete Book of John Clarke, which was published in Australia on Monday, he has taken a …

  • Pride and Prejudice, one week to go! Pride and Prejudice, one week to go!That’s right, one week to go and Mrs Bennet isn’t the only one struggling with her ‘nerves’! The rest of the cast and I have been working VERY hard over the past few weeks to bring this Austen classic to life and now we are at the final stages. The set is up, the props …
  • Two Austen fans podcasting to tell the story of Georgette Heyer today Two Austen fans podcasting to tell the story of Georgette Heyer todayBy Sara-Mae Tuson
    Exactly one year ago this week my friend Beth and I were having tea and cake in the Victoria and Albert Museum, when I asked her if she fancied joining me in setting up a boutique podcast company. So ‘Fable Gazers’ was born – a podcast company which aims to produce narrative podcasts …
  • An Interview with Author Rachel Knowles An Interview with Author Rachel KnowlesNot all Regency women were alike…
    Author and Regency history blogger Rachel Knowles came to visit us at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath recently, and she was kind enough to tell us a little more about her latest book, What Regency Women Did For Us, and about some of the amazing women of the Regency.
    Over …
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    How To Teach Austen

    The New York Times has just published an article looking at how to teach students about Austen in the modern era. They asked for teachers to comment on how they teach Austen to their own classes, but they also published a great list of their …

  • Finding Happiness, Austen Style, with Emma, our favourite matchmaker Finding Happiness, Austen Style, with Emma, our favourite matchmakerWelcome to the fourth of a multi-part series of posts on how to lift yourself out of the blues, Austen style. This time, with Emma.
    Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.
    Does the following sound familiar to you?
    You’ve found the perfect certain …
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    Economics Needs Austen

    Gary Saul Morson, the Lawrence B. Dumas Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University, and Morton Schapiro, a professor of economics and the president of Northwestern University have put forward an interesting question: could reading Tolstoy and Austen improve economic forecasting?
    In their book, Cents …

  • Favourite Austenesque Retellings – Top Ten Favourite Austenesque Retellings – Top TenAlthough nothing can beat reading Jane’s own novels, sometimes it’s nice to read an ‘Austenesque’ story. These can be based on Jane’s novels, a prequel or sequel to them, in the same kind of style… We can’t say for sure what makes a story an Austenesque story, but what we can be sure of is …
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    Mr Darcy and Mary Crawford Unite in Howards End

    Jane Austen fans are often fans of other classic authors too. If you like Jane Austen, chances are you also like the works of a Bronte or of Hardy, etc etc. This is a bit of a generalisation, it’s true, …

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    Fanny Price vs. Mary Crawford – The Fallout

    In the Jane Austen News last week, we gave you a run-down of the week-long Fanny Price vs. Mary Crawford debate so far. The debate was a discussion between two Austen-inspired novelists, Kyra Kramer and Lona Manning, who were looking to …

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    Fanny Price vs. Mary Crawford – The Fallout

    In the Jane Austen News last week, we mentioned that a Fanny Price vs. Mary Crawford debate would be taking place this week between two Austen-inspired novelists, Kyra Kramer and Lona Manning. The question up for discussion each day this week …

  • The Enduring Inspiration of Miss Jane Austen Now and Forever The Enduring Inspiration of Miss Jane Austen Now and ForeverWe’re delighted to be able to bring you this fantastic blog post by Claudine Pepe; blogger and devoted Austen fan, in which she asks fellow Austenesque authors why Jane Austen inspires them so much, and why they personally have an enduring love for Jane Austen and all things Austenesque.
    *****
    Fans of Jane Austen throughout the world …
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    Fanny Price vs. Mary Crawford

    While discussing Austen’s novels, as we are wont to do on a daily basis at the Jane Austen Centre, two of our Centre staff, Jenni and Naomi, got into a discussion about whether Mary Crawford can really be painted as “a bad guy” as …

  • Jane Austen and the Oliphant in the Room Jane Austen and the Oliphant in the Roomby Alice Chandler, author of Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie

    I do apologize for the pun in my title.
    The Olifant I refer to is Margaret Olifant (1828-1894), a prolific and popular nineteenth-century writer and said to be Queen Victoria’s favorite novelist. The reason that I figuratively place Olifant in the same room as Jane …

  • The Enduring Love For Jane Austen The Enduring Love For Jane AustenBy Jon Michail

    Jane Austen passed away 200 years ago, yet the names of Lizzy Bennet and Mr Darcy are familiar even to people who have never picked up one of Austen’s novels.
    Then there are those who have read Austen’s works…. countless times. The academics, the Janeites, and those who simply appreciate her work for …

  • Jane Austen’s Bracelet Jane Austen's BraceletCreate your own bracelet like the one on display at Chawton Cottage
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    We’re Loving The New Warbutons Ad!

    You might have seen that earlier this week we shared the new Warbuton’s advert on our Facebook page…
    Normally adverts are a bit dry, but occasionally a company will go all out and create a masterpiece. At the Jane Austen News we thought this …

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    A Look At Lizzy Bennet’s Drawers

    This week at the Jane Austen News we had great fun reading Bustle‘s piece on underwear in the time of Jane Austen. At the Jane Austen Centre our guides are often asked what the underwear of the era was like, so it was …

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    Austen Activist Strikes Again

    Activist Caroline Criado-Perez, who campaigned so hard to get Jane Austen featured on the new £10 bank notes, has been on the campaign trail again. This time it was in the cause of getting a statue of a woman built in Parliament Square.
    Her online petition …

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    “As Spectacular As It Is Surreal”

    We loved watching this report from Helen Coffey of The Independent newspaper.
    Helen made the journey from London to Bath especially to take part in the first full day of the Jane Austen Festival on Saturday 9th. Though as you’ll see if you watch …

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    A Wonderful Walk Was Had By All

    On Saturday (the 9th) we saw the fourteenth Jane Austen Festival in Bath officially opened with the traditional Regency  promenade.
    The parade began from the front of the Royal Crescent at 11am, and wound its way through the historic streets of Bath, finishing …

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    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 …

  • Oxford asks: Which Jane? Oxford asks: Which Jane?by Elizabeth Jane Timms

    As part of the 200th anniversary events to commemorate Jane Austen’s death, the Bodleian Libraries launched its major summer 2017 exhibition in June, asking the intriguing question to its visitors – “Which Jane”? The exhibition seeks to challenge previously held views of Jane, arguing that she was perhaps, driven by ambition, as …

  • Is Jane Austen a Great Writer? Is Jane Austen a Great Writer?Is Jane Austen a Great Writer? – By Linore Rose Burkard

    Quora is growing in popularity. What is Quora? A forum where anyone can ask a question to the world (the world as registered on the site, that is) and expect an answer. The good thing about Quora is that you can ask any question you …

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    Could You Play Jane in Austen the Musical?

    Exciting news if you love musical theatre, have a passion for performing and have always wanted to be Jane Austen. Producers Daniel Taylor-Brown and Justin Eade have announced that they’re looking for an actress to play Jane Austen in the UK …

  • In Defence of Jane Austen In Defence of Jane Austenby Rhian Helen Fender
     
    “Mrs Edwards thinks you are a child still. But we know better than that, don’t we.”
    So began the 2008 television adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility, with the cad Willoughby seducing the naïve ward of heroic Colonel Brandon. The atmosphere seductive with low-light and fireplace burning, ripping bodices and …
  • The Perfect Jane Austen Teacup Cupcakes! The Perfect Jane Austen Teacup Cupcakes!
    Our new re-usable Jane Austen Teacup Cupcake Cases have proved a huge hit, and a number of you have asked us if we had any cup cake recipes that would be perfect for use with the little cups…
    … and indeed we do!

     
    Ingredients:
    50g caster sugar
    50g butter/margarine 
    50g self-raising flour
    1 egg
    A few drops of vanilla essence
     

    Preheat the oven …

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    Jane Austen In Couples Therapy For Campaign

    Audible has launched a new campaign in Australia encouraging people to “grow their minds”, and Miss Austen plays a starring role.
    Research commissioned by Audible and conducted by researchers at Sydney University’s Brain and Mind Centre has found that 62 per cent of …

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    Where Are All The Fictional Female Friends?

    Grazia have been asking this week where all of the female friends in film have gone.
    “Epic bromances have always been familiar turf when it comes to our favourite films and TV shows. ‘Boy and his beloved male sidekick’ is a formula that …

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    A New Pride and Prejudice is Coming!

    Big news!!! Set to air twenty-five years after Colin Firth first set hearts racing while playing Mr Darcy in the BBC’s 1995 series, is a new TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
    Mammoth Screen, the makers of the hit series Poldark and Victoria, …

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     Jane Austen Money Worth A Mint?
    The £10 notes are nearly ready for release to the general public, and given what happened with the £5 notes, it seems likely the same could happen with the new £10 note when it comes to low serial numbers being worth more …
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      Anger at Austen £10 Note Quote  

    We’re delighted that the new £10 note is going to pay homage to Jane Austen. However, the choice of quote which the Bank of England have selected to go alongside her (some say “airbrushed”) portrait is causing outrage to some.
    “I declare …

  • Austen: Keeping it real for 200 years Austen: Keeping it real for 200 yearsKindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.  
    On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, what better way is there to honor this extraordinary author than to give thanks for what she has left us? For me, her work is …
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      Austen’s Letter Makes A Fortune!   

    We mentioned in last week’s Jane Austen News that a letter written by Jane to her niece Anna Lefroy in 1812 was going to auction for the first time. In the letter Jane writes disparagingly of Rachel Hunter’s gothic novel Lady Maclairn, the Victim …

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      Austen Letter For Sale  
    A letter written by Jane Austen is due to be auctioned for the first time on July the 11th.
    Sotheby’s auction house have the letter for sale as part of the English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations sale, in which there will also be for sale two …
  • 10 Years of Bringing Jane Austen’s World To You
    As well as the bicentenary of Jane’s death, 2017 marks another anniversary on the Austen calendar, albeit of a more modest nature. Because it was ten years ago that the Jane Austen Gift Shop first began sending products to Jane’s fans the world over.
    In those days it was a much more humble affair. Because so …
  • Behind the Scenes of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra’s Persuasion Musical
    Barbara Landis, artistic director of Chamber Opera Tours, found Jane Austen’s language so perfect that it begged to be adapted to theatrical lyrics. She felt that the text would be most appropriately set to music of the era rather than contemporary compositions, as is often done with other modern adaptations of Austen’s works. She and …
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      Austen Holy Grail Worth Half A Million  
    ““Although there are attractive editions of her novels published in the later 19th and early 20th centuries, the greatest value is, of course, in the first editions,” says Mark Wiltshire, a specialist in valuable books and manuscripts at Christie’s.” 
    A new …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 73 Jane Austen News - Issue 73What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
      Authors On Austen Up For Auction  
    Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan, among others, have created revealing handwritten homages about Jane Austen in aid of a charity auction which is being held to raise funds for the Royal Society of Literature.
    The auction includes Atwood writing on how …
  • Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sistersby Caroline Kerr Taylor
    Jane Austen was born in December 1775, the seventh child of Rev. and Mrs. Austen. Mrs. Austen nursed each of her babies for the first few months before they were taken to a neighboring family (the Littleworths). Each child was looked after by this family for the first couple of years until …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 72 Jane Austen News - Issue 72What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
      The Mother of the Modern Novel
    Professor Kathryn Sutherland is keen to see Jane Austen praised, not as the queen of romance novels, but rather “as a pioneer — the inventor of the modern novel, the first English novelist to explore the effect of contemporary war on the home …
  • Finding Happiness, Austen Style: Lift Yourself Up with Persuasion Welcome to the second of a multi-part series of posts on how to lift yourself out of the blues, Austen style.
    Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.  
     
    Welcome to the Persuasion Happiness Program. Persuasion, like all of Jane Austen’s novels, is more than …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 71 Jane Austen News - Issue 71What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
      A Writer With Friends? Heaven Forbid! 
    Authors Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney have recently seen their new book A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf published, and to go alongside the book they wrote an article for the Times newspaper which threw a little more light …
  • Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre? Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre?By Harold Taw
    “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.”
    —Persuasion, Chapter 4
    I’ve encountered three reactions from those who learn we’ve adapted Jane Austen’s final complete novel Persuasion as a musical. The first is delight. This comes from people who hold …
  • Jane Austen’s Life and Impact on Society Jane Austen’s Life and Impact on Societyby Gracelyn Anderson

    Jane Austen entered the world fashionably late by one month on December 16, 1775, as one of the seven Austen children. The Austens resided in a parsonage in Steventon, England, and started a small school for boys in their home to provide extra income along with working their usual occupations. Although Jane’s family …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 70 Jane Austen News - Issue 70What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
      Words for A Wedding To Be Auctioned
    After seeing an announcement in a newspaper announcing the marriage of of Mr Gell of Eastbourne to Miss Gill, Jane Austen decided to play on the similarity of their names and write a simple rhyme for the amusement of her family. The …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 69 Jane Austen News - Issue 69What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
      You Could Live In Longbourn
      
    If you happen to have a spare £9 million lying around then Longbourn, home of the Bennet family, could be yours!
    Luckington Court, which was the location used in the 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice (you know the one – it had …
  • The Jane Austen Shopping Club – Our New Gold Membership The Jane Austen Shopping Club - Our New Gold Membership
    A look at Jane Austen’s letters readily confirms that she, like many of her modern fans, had a love affair with shopping! Her notes to her sister, Cassandra, are full of this bargain and that deal picked up on her travels. What would she think of entire shops full of merchandise dedicated exclusively to her?!
    If …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 68 Jane Austen News - Issue 68What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
      Mind the Ha-Ha! – Mansfield Park is Deciphered
      
    David M. Shapard is an American historian with a longstanding interest in Austen and her world. He graduated with a Ph.D. in European History from the University of California at Berkeley (his specialty was the eighteenth century), and he has …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 67 Jane Austen News - Issue 67What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
      Jane Austen Avoids Clichés
    Among many others, one of the statistics writer Ben Blatt has included in his new book, Nabokov’s Favourite Word is Mauve: The Literary Quirks and Oddities Of Our Most Loved Authors, is the number of clichés famous authors use in every 100,000 words.
    Using modern technology …
  • Happiness, Austen Style: Read It Out, Act It Out, Dance It Out Happiness, Austen Style: Read It Out, Act It Out, Dance It OutWelcome to the first of a multi-part series of posts on how to lift yourself out of the blues, Austen style.
    Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.
     
    Perhaps it’s just that kind of day. Or year. Bottom line: you’re feeling none …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 66 Jane Austen News - Issue 66What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
     Pride and Prejudice Becomes A Ballet  
    Pride and Prejudice has been performed many many times on stage by various companies in plenty of different styles. However, on April 21st it enjoyed its premiere as a ballet. Performed by the American Repertory Ballet at McCarter Theatre Centre in Princeton, …
  • The effects of the family’s misfortunes on Jane Austen’s death The effects of the family’s misfortunes on Jane Austen's deathBy Caroline Kerr Taylor

    2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. She is one of the world’s most popular literary giants. It was a tragic loss that she died at 41, just as her star was gaining traction in the literary firmaments.
    We will never know for sure the exact cause of her death. The …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 65 Jane Austen News - Issue 65What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
     A Fifth Jane Austen Note Is Coming To The Centre!  
    Since his incognito visit to the Jane Austen Centre in March, speculation has been high that micro-engraver Graham Short spent a fifth Jane Austen five pound note (despite the original news that only four had been made and …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 64 Jane Austen News - Issue 64What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
     Jane Austen Inspired Anti-Bullying Campaign 
    Recently we had a nice surprise in the post: a collection of handmade letters from students of a language school in Greece, who made them as part of an anti-bullying campaign and as their way of honouring the 200th anniversary of Jane’s death.
    The overall …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 63 Jane Austen News - Issue 63What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
     A Jane Austen Copycat On The Loose 
    Last year, micro-engraver Graham Short made headlines by releasing four unique £5 notes in general circulation for people to find in a Willy-Wonka style treasure hunt. Each was engraved with a miniature portrait of Jane Austen, and an Austen quote, and are …
  • Jane Austen news – Issue 62 Jane Austen news - Issue 62What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
     Jane’s ‘Fake Weddings’  
    Jane never married, but that’s not to say that she didn’t think about it. When she was a young girl she had great fun filling in  fictitious entries in the Steventon marriage register, which she had access to because her father, George Austen, was the rector of …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 61 Jane Austen News - Issue 61What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
     Lucy Worsley on Jane Austen  

    In the lead up to the publication of her new book about Jane Austen, Jane Austen at Home, published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton on 18th May 2017, Lucy Worsley has been writing various articles and giving interviews for websites and …

  • Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney
    Jessica A. Volz’s latest book, Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney (London and New York: Anthem Press, March 2017), examines how four famed women novelists publishing their oeuvres in Britain between 1778 and 1815 used visuality – the continuum linking visual and verbal communication – to achieve a degree of rhetorical …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 60 Jane Austen News - Issue 60What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
    Jane’s Death Caused By Arsenic?   
    The cause of Jane Austen’s mysterious death at the age of 41 has been the subject of much debate over the years. Theories put forward have included cancer, Addison’s disease, and complications from drinking unpasteurised milk. However, new research conducted by researchers at …
  • Jane Austen For Children: Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie Jane Austen For Children: Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pieby Alice Chandler
    How did I come to write Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie: A Jane Austen Mystery for Children?

    Jane Austen has been part of my life for almost all of my life, ever since my parents took me to see the 1940 movie version of Pride and Prejudice when I was nine. They …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 59 Jane Austen News - Issue 59What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
    Mr Bennet With Us For Ten Years!!!    
    Our Mr Bennet (A.K.A. Martin, our meeter-greeter who welcomes all our visitors to the Jane Austen Centre) has been with us for ten years! So to celebrate we arranged a little surprise for him…

    10 Must-See Locations for Literature Lovers 
    The Telegraph …

  • A Letter to Jane Austen – Part Three This is the third and final instalment of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands. (Part one can be found here, and part two can be read here.)
    Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 58 Jane Austen News - Issue 58What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
    Pride and Prejudice is the Bishops’ Pick     
    A television channel owned by Italy’s conference of bishops and endorsed by the Pope is to broadcast BBC shows for the first time. Among the nine period dramas it has chosen to show are the BBC’s 1995 Pride and Prejudice …
  • A Letter to Jane Austen – Part Two A Letter to Jane Austen - Part TwoThis is part two of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands. (Part one can be found here)
    Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and the purpose of sharing the letter with us is …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 57 Jane Austen News - Issue 57What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
    Third Jane Austen Fiver Found
    The third of the four specially engraved £5 notes which feature a tiny portrait of Jane Austen has been found, leaving only one of the £5 notes still in circulation and yet to be claimed.
    The latest note was found in a small bar …
  • A Letter to Jane Austen – Part One A Letter to Jane Austen - Part OneThis is part one of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands.
    Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and the purpose of sharing the letter with us is so that some valuable feedback might …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 56 Jane Austen News - Issue 56What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
    Jane Austen Fans – Lend Us Your Eyes!     
    The Jane Austen News is pleased to announce that over the next few weeks we will be publishing a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands.  
    Below is just a …
  • Meeting Young Jane Austen “It’s exciting to be contributing to the Jane Austen 200 celebrations, with performances of Young Jane and Meeting Miss Austen, my adaptations inspired by Austen’s Juvenilia.” – Cecily O’Neill
    The exuberance and absurdity of the short novels, plays and letters known as the Juvenilia immediately captured my interest. Many of the characters, situations and issues in …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 55 Jane Austen News - Issue 55What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
    Jane Austen at Home (with Lucy Worsley)    
    Some of our guides, and we’re sure other Austen/history fans, have been enjoying watching Lucy Worlsey’s new series British History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worlsey, and considering how good Lucy is at uncovering the unusual facts and anecdotes that bring …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 54 Jane Austen News - Issue 54What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
    Turning First Lines Into Constellations    
    Data artist Nick Rougeux has launched a new project called Literary Constellations, in which he presents the first lines of famous novels in what appear to be star charts. The idea originally wasn’t to make them look specifically like constellations however, it was an …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 53 Jane Austen News - Issue 53What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
    Pride and Prejudice Comes to Bath 
    This week in Bath we had the cast of Regent’s Park Theatre’s touring production of Pride and Prejudice on stage at the Theatre Royal, and we were lucky enough to be able to ask Ben Dilloway who plays Mr Darcy a few questions …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 52 Jane Austen News - Issue 52What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
    Austen Escapism in Visual Novel 
    In The Lady’s Choice, a text-heavy visual novel that takes its inspiration from Regency-era novels, you play as a woman returning to society after a long absence, and although you’re not necessarily seeking a marriage, you’re quickly introduced to a group of eligible bachelors.
    It’s …
  • Mr Bennet’s Bride, by Emma Wood Mr Bennet's Bride, by Emma Wood
    It’s a pleasure to have a chance to connect with other Jane Austen enthusiasts. Like many people, my passion for Jane Austen grew hugely with the 1996 mini-series of Pride and Prejudice. The theatricality of the characters and the beauty of her dialogue delivered by that magnificent cast made that series one that was watched …
  • Yours Sincerely: Jane Austen’s Heroes Yours Sincerely: Jane Austen's HeroesYours Sincerely: Jane Austen’s Heroes
    Original content by Rhian Fender
    “There certainly was some great mismanagement in the education of those two young men. One has got all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it.”
    (Mr Darcy and Mr Wickham of Pride and Prejudice)
    During the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, there was one virtue …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 51 Jane Austen News - Issue 51What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
    Jane Austen Honoured on Coins  
    The Royal Mint will be doing a good job of honouring Jane Austen in its newly released tender this year as, as well as Jane Austen being the new face of the ten pound note, she will also be one of the three …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 50 Jane Austen News - Issue 50What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
    Second Jane Austen Fiver Found 
    The second of four rare £5 notes which feature a micro-engraved portrait of Jane Austen has been discovered inside a Christmas card in the Scottish Borders.
    Mr Huggins-Haig, the micro-engraver behind the images of Jane Austen, spent the note which was to be released …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 49 Jane Austen News - Issue 49What’s the Jane Austen News this week?   
     
     Jane Austen’s England – Limited Edition   

    American travel company Peregrine Adventures have an excellent Jane Austen literary tour planned for 2017. The limited edition tour is timed to commemorate the 200th year anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and will visit destinations in Southern England significant to Jane Austen’s life …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 48 Jane Austen News - Issue 48What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
    One Austen £5 Note Has Been Found
    One of the four £5 notes which carry a mini 5mm engraving of Jane Austen has been found.
    The note was first paid to staff at the Square Cafe in Blackwood, South Wales, by the engraver Graham Short. Unfortunately no one recognised who he …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 47 Jane Austen News - Issue 47What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
    Rare Portrait of Jane Austen Goes on Display
    Members of The Jane Austen Cambridge Group enjoyed a private viewing of an oil painting of Jane Austen, the ‘Rice Portrait’, at Queens’ College on Saturday (December 10) before the group’s annual lunch. They were also treated to a talk on the portrait’s …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 46 Jane Austen News - Issue 46What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
    Jane Austen’s Mother Not a Fan of All Her Work…     
    Mansfield Park is probably Jane’s least popular novel, and it appears that readers of today are not the only ones to hold that opinion. From January 2017 the British Library will put on display Austen’s handwritten notes of what …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 45 Jane Austen News - Issue 45What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  
    Wentworth Woodhouse to be Restored    
    Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond has come under fire recently after he announced in his autumn statement that he is going to give £7.6m of the budget towards repairing a huge Grade I-listed building called Wentworth Woodhouse. He claims that he …
  • Writing In Tough Times: Jane Austen in Bath and Southhampton Writing In Tough Times: Jane Austen in Bath and SouthhamptonExclusive content by Rebecca Smith, author of The Jane Austen Writers’ Club

    One of the hardest things about writing is just keeping going.
    Lots of people can write well, but to finish a novel, receive rejections, keep on editing and revising and then do it all over again takes real stamina. Most published authors’ first novels aren’t …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 44 Jane Austen News - Issue 44What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 
    Waiting for Sanditon!  
    Next year Sanditon, one of Austen’s two unfinished novels, will be be released as a film for the first time! It was announced a  while ago, but not very widely reported on, so we’ve been looking for as many details on it as we can. Here’s …
  • The A-Z of Period Dramas We came across a wonderful A-Z of period dramas compiled by Period Movies on Facebook, and after we shared it with you on Facebook and Twitter you asked for the full list, so here it is! (We do admit that some of these are stretching the term period drama just a little…)

    A – Anne of …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 43 Jane Austen News - Issue 43What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 
    2017 Is The Year Of Literature 
    Next year is a milestone for quite a few heroes of British literature, and to celebrate VisitEngland has declared it the ‘Year of Literary Heroes’. Among the anniversaries being celebrated are the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, and publication anniversaries for Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 42 Jane Austen News - Issue 42What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 
    National Library Protests in The UK 
    There was a protest in London on Saturday (5th November) as authors joined hundreds of members of the public (around 1,800) in the first national demonstration to protect library services. The march was held in response to the string of library closures which have …
  • Book Review: The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen Book Review: The Particular Charm of Miss Jane AustenThe Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen
    by Ada Bright  and Cass Grafton
    A review by Laura Boyle

    When I was asked to review The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, I had no idea what the story was about, the cover giving only the vaguest idea that it might have something to do with the lovely topaz …

  • Are Jane Austen’s Heroines Ideal Women? Are Jane Austen's Heroines Ideal Women?By Jenni Waugh
    I recently replied to an email enquiry from a student who was looking for an opinion on the question “To what extent does Jane Austen present her heroines as ideal women within their social contexts?” My reply ended up being fairly lengthy and is below. Let me know what you think!

    Personally, I’d say …

  • Universally Civil Universally Civil
    by Julie Bozza

    We were recently sent this article by Julie Bozza who has been editing a new anthology of Jane Austen inspired stories. In her article Julie gives some great examples of people and events within Austen’s novels which illustrate that she was an incredible humanist (as well as an amazing author). We hope …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 41 Jane Austen News - Issue 41What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 
    Romance At The Centre 
    There was excitement in the Jane Austen Centre this week when one visitor was asked an unexpected question by her boyfriend, Jamie Scott. Charlotte, one of our centre guides, described what happened.
    “I only saw a little bit because I wanted to give them some private time. …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 40 Jane Austen News - Issue 40What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 
    The Jane Austen Centre Wins Award  
    The Jane Austen News are very pleased to announce that on Wednesday (19th October 2016), the Jane Austen Centre was awarded bronze in the Small Attraction of the Year category at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2016/17. Our guide ‘Lizzy Bennet’ …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 39 Jane Austen News - Issue 39What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 
    A Story of Friendship and Letters
    Our centre guide, Lizzy Bennet, recently had three delightful ladies in one of her tour groups and they shared a wonderful story with her about their friendship, and it was such a beautiful example of friendship that we just had to share it.
    The ladies, …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 38 Jane Austen News - Issue 38What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 
    Stanford Says Reading Austen = Awesome Brain Exercise 
    Now this is the kind of exercise the Jane Austen News could really become addicted to. Researchers at Stanford University say that reading Jane Austen could be the perfect brain exercise.
    Researchers at Stanford tested literary candidates at the university by hooking them up …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 37 Jane Austen News - Issue 37What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 
    Big Money for New Austen Tenners? 
    On the 13th of September the UK’s new five pound note was released for general use, and they caused a stir for those lucky enough to be given the sought-after low serial number notes.
    Those given some of the million notes with “AA01” serial numbers …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 36 Jane Austen News - Issue 36What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 
    Jane Austen’s Daily Quote App
    Good news! The android version of the Jane Austen quote app has been updated!
    As with the older version of the app it is still free and provides a new Jane Austen quote straight to your phone at a time to suit you every day. …
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    Pride and Prejudice At The Ballet      

    Stage adaptations of Jane Austen have become increasingly popular in recent years (we look at one such adaptation later on in this week’s Jane Austen News). We’ve had one-woman shows, Jane Austen musicals, Jane Austen improv, but one we personally haven’t …

  • Cookie Recipe and Helpful Hints for our 3D Jane Austen Cookie Cutter Cookie Recipe and Helpful Hints for our 3D Jane Austen Cookie CutterGreat Cookie recipe to use with your brilliant Jane Austen cookie cutter. A cutter above!
  • Our Books of the Year 2016 Our Books of the Year 2016It’s been an extremely varied 12 months here at the Jane Austen Gift Shop as far as reading matter goes…
    Our biggest sellers have been the Jane Austen Classic Colouring Book and the Pride and Prejudice Colouring Classic. Whether young or old, it’s hard to resist getting out the pencils, paints or crayons to add a …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 34 Jane Austen News - Issue 34 
    What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
    The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen – Volume II  
    The author Collins Hemingway officially launched his new book; The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Volume II – a new historical novel based on Austen’s life, on Saturday 10th September the first day of Bath’s 2016 Jane Austen Festival.
    Volume I of The …
  • The Jane Austen Topaz Cross The Jane Austen Topaz Cross
    In response to huge demand, the Jane Austen Gift Shop is delighted to announce this beautiful replica of Jane Austen’s topaz cross pendant. Many months in the making, it is on sale now!
    Along with her turquoise ring, the topaz cross must be the most iconic jewellery item associated with Jane, and it’s of especial relevance …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 33 Jane Austen News - Issue 33What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
     
    Colin Firth Doesn’t Think Mr Darcy Is Attractive
    Colin Firth has confessed that he doesn’t understand why Mr Darcy is so popular. In fact he said that he took the role not to be a heart-throb but because he “thought it would be quite fun and liberating to play …
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    Amazing Librarians Up For Award       
    Libraries are wonderful, magical places, and one of the things that helps the to be such is their dedicated librarians. So, in order to honour the work of these fantastic people who work in school libraries and help children to become lovers of …
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    Lucy Worsley Films Jane Austen Documentary      
    On August the 3rd Lucy Worsley, who has presented programmes including The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain and If Walls Could Talk, was filming at Jane’s birthplace and childhood home, Steventon rectory, as part of a BBC2 documentary about Jane Austen’s life which will …
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    Are Retellings A Good Idea? Austen & Shakespeare     
    You have probably heard that in 2013 HarperCollins launched the Austen Project, commissioning contemporary updates of Jane’s six completed novels. Well, less well publicised has been the Hogarth Shakespeare initiative, which, in a similar vein to the Austen Project, is giving eight …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 29 Jane Austen News - Issue 29What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
     
    Austen and Shakespeare – Pop Culture Throughout Time
    The new exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington called Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity includes some of the more goofy material objects that have been made to celebrate Shakespeare or Austen in recent years. Some …
  • The new Jane Austen Portrait by Melissa Dring The new Jane Austen Portrait by Melissa DringIn 2001, Melissa Dring was commissioned by David Baldock, the Director of the Jane Austen Centre, Bath, to produce a new Jane Austen portrait using forensic methods, as she might have appeared during her time in Bath, 1801-06.
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 28 Jane Austen News - Issue 28What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
     Editing – With Pins!     
    Everyone has their own style of editing, and Jane’s style is the perfect example of why Post-It notes are such an amazing invention!
    The Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition describes her editing process:
    With no calculated blank spaces and no obvious way of incorporating large revision …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 27 Jane Austen News - Issue 27What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
     Harry Potter Actor Calls For Black Mr Darcy    

    In an exclusive interview for Metro.co.uk, actor Alfred Enoch, who is perhaps best known for his role as Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter film series, has said that there is still a lack of diversity seen in today’s stage productions, and especially …

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     Jane Austen in Pakistan Goes From Strength to Strength    
    We hear that the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan is going from strength to strength. Good news indeed!
    You may well have heard of Jane Austen societies in America, England and Australia, but one that’s less well known is the Jane …
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     Jane Austen Brings Shakespeare to Cuba   
    On Sunday (10th July)  in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire in the UK, a local actress performed her one-woman show, “Yours Ever, Jane”, in which Jane Austen tells her sister Cassandra all about her latest novel, Pride and Prejudice.
    The actress, Sarah Finch, performed for …
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    Virginia Woolf on Jane Austen   
    This week one of the favourite things that the Jane Austen News came across was a forgotten gem from the archives. In January 1924 Virginia Woolf published a review of Jane’s novels, and it made for most interesting reading. In it Woolf suggests that …
  • Jane gets a makeover… The Jane Austen Pop Art range Jane gets a makeover... The Jane Austen Pop Art rangeThis new twist on the earlier image is a reinvention, a celebration, and also a reminder that Jane is a true icon, whose qualities commend her as freshly to each new generation as to the one before.
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    Bath One of the Best Literary Breaks in the UK    
    According to Travel Weekly Bath is one of the top ten UK cities to visit for a literary break. While many authors have lived and visited Bath over the years, including Charles Dickens and Mary Shelley, the focus …
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    History Lessons Via Romantic Novels   
    Writing for the History News Network, Robert W. Thurston, Professor Emeritus of History at Miami University, has proposed the idea that, rather than teachers and textbooks, a lot of the historical information many people learn nowadays comes from romance novels.
    Sales of romance novels climbed …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 21 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
    Jane Austen’s Games  
    Card games are by no means a new invention. Yes there are new ones invented all the time, and games that were popular in the past can lose favour and get forgotten, but the basic concept is everlasting.
    Jane was a big fan of card games (though …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 20 Jane Austen News - Issue 20What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
    Jane Austen Manuscripts – Free and Online 
    An Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project to digitise the original handwritten manuscripts of Jane Austen’s fiction has finally been completed. Jane’s manuscripts have been scattered across libraries and public collections around the UK and New York, but now they have been …
  • Love and Friendship – The Main Players Love and Friendship - The Main PlayersLove and Friendship – The Main Players
    Before you see the film you can now meet the main players in Love and Friendship in these wonderful short clips given to us by Curzon Films.
     
     
     
     
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  • Jane Austen News – Issue 19 Jane Austen News - Issue 19What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
    Exploring Jane Austen’s Juvenilia 
    Professor Katherine Sutherland, a Professorial Fellow in English at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, is currently directing an AHRC research project called Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts: A Digital Edition and Print Edition, which, in the future, is due to be published by Oxford University Press. It isn’t out yet, but …
  • Love and Friendship – Behind the scenes Love and Friendship - Behind the scenesLove and Friendship – Whit Stillman lets us in on some of the filming secrets.

    Want a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Making of ‘Love and friendship’? There are interviews, location shots and camera work on show in this handsome 6 minute feature given to us by Curzon Films.
    The film scored a remarkable 99% …

  • Jane Austen News – Issue 18 Jane Austen News - Issue 18What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
    Pride and Prejudice vs. Jane Eyre
    As two of the most popular novels of all time, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre have an incredible number of spin-off books written about them. Two of the books tipped to be summer bestsellers this year are Eligible – a modern retelling of Pride and …
  • Love & Friendship Jane Austen News Love & Friendship is acclaimed writer-director Whit Stillman’s adaptation of young Jane Austen’s novella ‘Lady Susan’,
  • The Jane Austen Peacock: How a bird became an icon The Jane Austen Peacock: How a bird became an icon
    The stunning new Jane Austen Peacock brooch, now available from our online gift shop, celebrates the long-standing association between this most handsome of fowl and Jane Austen’s comparably elegant Pride and Prejudice.
    As a motif, the peacock is indelibly linked with the novel; indeed so entrenched is the association that readers often assume peafowl must be …
  • Colouring Competition – Gallery of Entries Colouring Competition - Gallery of EntriesJane Austen Colouring Competition Entries – 2016
    We were so impressed with the quality and imagination of the entries to our colouring competition that we felt we simply had to share a few of our favourites.

    Winner – Adult’s Category
    Jessica Volz
     Winner – Children’s Category
     Tia, Aged 9

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
    Thanks for all of your entries. We loved looking at them all!

  • The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Three – Beau Nash The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Three - Beau NashThe continuing diary of Eveline Helm. It’s 1797 and it’s her first visit to the Pump Rooms. Will she meet Beau Nash?
  • Easter Colouring Competition at the Jane Austen Centre Easter Colouring Competition at the Jane Austen CentreBetween the 27th of March and the 9th of April we’ll be asking Jane fans young and old to colour our special Jane Austen Easter Egg in the most creative way they can. Flowers, embroidery patterns, illustrated characters from Jane’s novels – let your imagination run wild!
  • In your Easter Bonnet In your Easter BonnetHave you ever wondered how the tradition of new clothes for Easter started? It appears to be an ancient one…
  • The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Two Dear Reader, 
    I hope that this journal of my time in Bath should prove to be helpful to you. In reading it may you be spared the numerous faux pas and embarrassments that I was not. I truly feel that if this work should prevent even one other young lady from public ridicule in the …
  • Jane Austen News – Issue 5 Jane Austen News - Issue 5Follow our blog for all the weekly Jane Austen news from around the world.
    Austentatious Returns to Bath 
    In 2013, 2014 and 2015 the Jane Austen Festival has been honoured to play host to the fantastic improv show Austentatious, which takes a made-up book title suggested by the audience and bases the evening’s performance around that title.
    No two shows …
  • Mrs Bennet’s Round Robin, by Viv Cavallo
    To all our dear neighbours in Hertfordshire…
    What a wonderful year the Bennet family has enjoyed with three of my girls successfully married!
    My darling Lydia, youngest of my five daughters is blissfully happy with her ‘dear Wickham’ as she calls him.  Just think of it – only sixteen years old, yet she was the first of …
  • The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part One Dear Reader, 
    I hope that this journal of my time in Bath should prove to be helpful to you. In reading it, may you be spared the numerous faux pas and embarrassments that I was not. I truly feel that if this work should prevent even one other young lady from public ridicule in the …
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Free UK Screenings for Students Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Free UK Screenings for StudentsIf you’ve missed the latest news about the impending launch of this film in the UK, now is a good time to catch up!

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is set to hit UK screens in February of 2016, and the good news is that The E4 Slackers Club will be hosting free screenings for students in the UK. The …

  • Jane Austen’s News – Issue #1 Jane Austen's News - Issue #1Jane Austen’s World 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. …
  • Jane Austen Day – 16th December 2015 Jane Austen Day - 16th December 2015Today we’re celebrating Jane’s birthday in Bath at the Jane Austen Centre and on the streets of the city. What did you do on Jane Austen Day?
  • Make Jane Austen Christmas Decorations with Terri Heinz Make Jane Austen Christmas Decorations with Terri HeinzI recently discovered Terri Heinz’s lovely blog, Artful Affirmations. Here she presents and discusses her lovely collection of china and teacups, all gorgeously photographed. Terri is a talented artisan as well as photographer, and the chronicle of her journey towards creating a stunning Jane Austen themed Christmas tree was as visually delightful as it was …
  • Masked Ball Preparation Masked Ball PreparationShort film about the Masked Ball Preparations at this year’s Jane Austen Festival in Bath
  • Jane Austen Festival 2015 – success Jane Austen Festival 2015 - successThe Jane Austen Festival 2015
    Wow, what a great Festival we’ve had this year. 10 days and over 60 events plus record attendance. I think everyone agrees it was the best ever.

    For those who attended and for those who are just curious, here’s filmmaker Owen Benson’s short video capturing some of the best moments.
    ‘I couldn’t be …

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Film Trailer Launches Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Film Trailer LaunchesToday marks the release of the official Pride and Prejudice movie trailer from Lionsgate Films, and we have to say it’s looking like a high-quality production!
    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a re imagining of Jane Austen’s classic novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith. It’s the same story you know and love, with the added scare factor …
  • 2015 Jane Austen Festival in Bath The Jane Austen Festival starts on the 12th of September and looks like it will be the biggest and best ever.
    Jackie Herring, Jane Austen Festival Director is happy with the arrangements and ticket sales. ‘Lots of events have already sold out but there are still a few tickets left. If you want to see something …
  • Jane Austen Centre Gets Honoured! Visit England Welcome Award for The Jane Austen Centre

    The hard-working staff at the Jane Austen Centre were really pleased to find out that they had been recognised for their contribution to tourism in the area.
    The Jane Austen Centre is honoured to receive the VisitEngland Welcome accolade which has been awarded as part of VisitEngland’s Visitor …

  • Jane Austen Waxwork now in Bath England The Amazing Jane Austen Waxwork at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath
    Although not breaking news, we thought you’d be interested in this article about the Jane Austen Waxwork which has appeared in Wikipedia.
    It contains lots of background info on the waxwork creation and the development of the original portrait by Melissa Dring.
    For the full article …
  • Guinness World Record The Jane Austen Festival in Bath gained a Guinness World Record on the 13th of September 2014
  • Jane Austen Waxwork Jane Austen Waxwork
    We had a great time unveiling our new Jane Austen waxwork to the assembled media folk on Wednesday 9th of July.

    Reaction was overwhelmingly positive when the curtains were parted. The waxwork is now on public display. Developed from a forensic portrait of the author by Melissa Dring, the waxwork has been over 2 …

  • Waxwork The Jane Austen Centre will be closed on the morning of Wednesday 9th July for the official unveiling of the Jane Austen waxwork. The Centre will open at 12.30pm, at which time the waxwork will be on show to visitors for the first time.
  • The Dandy Chargers The Dandy Chargers

    In 1817 Baron Karl von Drais created the Lauf-maschine (running machine) / Draisienne / Mechanical Horse, the first human powered land vehicle to mount a serious bid for public acceptance. Satirically named the Dandy Charger.
    Then in 1818 Dennis Johnson, a coachmaker, of London developed an improved model that he called the Pedestrian Curricle …

  • Adrian Lukis Interview Adrian Lukis InterviewAdrian Lukis was making the new Jane Austen Centre film when during a break we took the opportunity to grab a few minutes to interview the ex Mr. Wickham.
  • Happy Birthday Martin Happy Birthday MartinMartin Salter, the meeter and greeter at The Jane Austen Centre in Bath and officially recognised as ‘England’s Most Photographed Man’, celebrated his fiftieth birthday in style at the weekend.
  • 2013 Jane Austen Festival Photographs 2013 Jane Austen Festival PhotographsOfficial Festival photographer Owen Benson has now uploaded all the images he took of this year’s 2013 Jane Austen Festival for everyone to view. There are some stunning shots for you to enjoy.
  • Certificate of Excellence for the Regency Tea Room Certificate of Excellence for the Regency Tea RoomThe Regency Tea Room at the Jane Austen Centre today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.
  • Airport Bus Video Airport Bus VideoOur ‘Airport bus Video’
    Take a look at this little 1 minute video we made to show on the Airport Bus which runs from Bath city Centre to Bristol airport and back again.

    Its a bit of fun and shows Martin and Centre Guide Elle as well as the Regency Tea Room.
     
    The Jane Austen Centre aims to …

  • Festival images 2012 Jane Austen Festival Festival images 2012 Jane Austen FestivalFestival Images 2012
    Our professional photographer Owen Benson has loaded all of his fantastic images to an online site for you to enjoy. Just go into the galleries and look around. Image Galleries
    If you would like to download high resolution images to print yourself or if you would like to order prints this is now possible. …
  • Pride and Prejudice Readathon Pride and Prejudice ReadathonReadathon event to celebrate Jane Austen’s bi-centenary
    The Jane Austen Centre in Bath is to host an event that will be broadcast around the world -a 12 Hour International Readathon.
    January 28th 2013 sees the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and to mark this bicentenary the book will be read in its …
  • The Face of the Jane Austen Centre 2013 The Face of the Jane Austen Centre 2013Every year at the Jane Austen Centre we select a member staff to represent us in marketing and advertising as the Face of The Jane Austen Centre.
  • Festival Promenade best ever Festival Promenade best everHundreds of costumed Jane Austen fans took part in the Grand Festival Promenade.
    The Promenade traditionally opens the Jane Austen Festival
  • Adrian Lukis (Wickham) to appear at Jane Austen Festival Adrian Lukis (Wickham) to appear at Jane Austen FestivalAmongst the 60 or so events crammed into this year’s annual Jane Austen Festival in Bath will be the special appearance by actor Adrian Lukis (George Wickham in the BBC 1995 adaptation of P&P). Very appropriate as this year marks the 200th anniversary of the sale of the copyright of Pride & Prejudice to the publisher Thomas Egerton.
    Jane Austen …
  • A proposal at the Centre A proposal at the CentreWe’ve just been sent some lovely photos of Zach’s proposal to Julie which happened recently in the Regency Tea Room. It’s so romantic.
    Here’s what they said;
    We cannot express our gratitude for all that you did to make sure that our special moment was perfect. We are so happy and we thank you with all of our …
  • What would you ask Jane Austen if you could? What would you ask Jane Austen if you could?We posed a question on our Jane Austen Facebook site recently, ‘What one question would you ask Jane Austen if you could?’ Well, we got some great answers
  • Dressing Up Regency Style with hats, bonnets, reticules and scarves Dressing Up Regency Style with hats, bonnets, reticules and scarvesWe’ve recently added a new section to the exhibition where we allow our visitors to dress up using Regency bonnets, top hats, shawles, fans, reticules and parasols. As you would imagine, it is going down very well and everyone is having a lot of fun.
  • Lizzie is Back Lizzie is Back
    Great News, our iconic front of house mannequin ‘Lizzie’ is back from her Spring break and is looking good!
    Having had a few minor mishaps over the years including a couple of falls, we felt she needed a short vacation to bring the colour back to her cheeks.
    Well, she is back and looking good. Our visitors really enjoy having their …
  • ‘Lizzie’ is taken away 'Lizzie' is taken awayIt is a sad day today. This morning at 10.30am a man in a van came and took away our ‘Lizzie’.
  • Ebay Jane Austen Auction outcomes Ebay Jane Austen Auction outcomesFilm costumes are being despatched to all parts of the globe this week as the ebay Jane Austen costume winners celebrate their good fortune.
  • Film Costumes up for Auction on Ebay Film Costumes up for Auction on EbayA selection Jane Austen Film Costumes from BAFTA and Emmy award winning designer Andrea Galer go up for auction on ebay in March.
  • With a Flourish! With a Flourish!Killer Bees and Jane Austen make their mark on Women’s day
    In the church of St Michael’s Without, from 10am to 6pm yesterday, works by 100 women were read out by volunteers …  A passage from “Pride and Prejudice” was recited with a fine flourish by Jackie Herring, Director of the local Jane Austen Festival, … …
  • Jane Austen Centre on TV – again Jane Austen Centre on TV - again

    Caroline Smailes at book launch

    How will it all end?
    Take a look at this BBC Breakfast news item. Caroline Smailes, has a new novel which offers readers a variety of different endings – 11 in all. The item is supported by a visit to The Jane Austen Centre where our guests are quizzed on whether they would …

  • Jane Austen Festival Video recording last year’s events Jane Austen Festival Video recording last year's eventsPhotographer, film maker and friend of the Festival Owen Benson has edited together some highlights of last year’s Jane Austen Festival. Such a colourful event with costumes, music, food and dance in abundance.
  • Free Iphone App Free Iphone AppThe Jane Austen Centre in Bath has been busy working on an Iphone app which will deliver a witty or meaningful quote from Jane Austen’s novels or letters to your phone every day.
  • Now he’s a cartoon character! Now he's a cartoon character!
    Our very own Meeter/Greeter Martin Salter has been immortalised as a cartoon character by Perry Harris and can be seen on his Twitter site. He surely must be ‘England’s most photographed man’.
    I was surprised to see Martin looking at me from the wall of my local pub as someone had painted him and he was …
  • He’s in the news again He's in the news againMartin Salter our Meeter/Greeter gets on the TV again with presenter Amanda Vickery. Take a look.
  • Martin on the television Martin on the televisionWe knew it would happen. Our Meeter/Greeter Martin Salter has been recognised as England’s most photographed man.
  • The Festival starts with a splash! The Festival starts with a splash!Wow, what a start. Despite a bit of rain the promenaders turned out in their finery to celebrate the start of the Jane Austen Festival.
    Click here to go to the full story from the Bath Chronicle.
  • England’s Most Photographed Man England's Most Photographed ManWell he’s finally been recognised for what he undoubtedly is, ‘England’s Most Photographed Man’. How great that Martin Salter the cheery Meeter/Greeter at the Centre is rightly lauded for his work. Anyone else wouldn’t get anything like the attention that Martin generates by his unique personality.
    We are rightly proud of his achievement. Read the news …
  • Lesley Castle: An Unfinished Novel in Letters Lesley Castle: An Unfinished Novel in LettersA diverting work in the epistolatory style
  • The Watsons by Jane Austen The Watsons by Jane AustenThe first of Jane Austen’s unfinished Novels
  • Guinness World Record Guinness World RecordIt’s official!
    The world record for the  largest gathering of people dressed in Regency costumes was achieved by 409 participants, for the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, UK, on 19 September 2009

    The previous world record stood at 200 people and on a beautiful sunny day in September last year, 409 of us got together in Bath Assembly …

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