It is summer holidays here – which means super hot weather and school holidays – so not a lot of time to get anything done.
For me the highlights of last year were Val McDermid’s remake of Northanger Abbey (much more successful than either Emma or Sense and Sensibility) and Austenland – I know other people hated this, but I thought it was fun and didn’t take itself too seriously.
Currently I am reading Deidre Le Faye’s Jane Austen’s Country Life – this is a beautiful book, but I wish there was a map rather than a wordy description of where things are in relation to Steventon. For example,
To the west of the lane running from Steventon to Dean was the village of Ashe …
A map, even a very simple one, would make it all so much simpler.