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I’ve been watching The History of Tom Jones – it is hilarious – a pantomime for grown-ups. It reminds me of Austen’s juvenilia – definitely worth watching. I’ll post again when I have watched it all.

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We’re reading gothic novels for my next Jane Austen meeting. I picked Frankenstein – I was hoping it would be easier to read that The Mysteries of Udolpho. At least I managed to read Frankenstein. Although, given that Austen died in 1817 and this was published in 1818 there is no chance she read it. I struggled with it, but […]

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I thought I would provide images from the BBC adaptation of North and South. Everything about this adaptation was well done and I think it probably has the best ending ever. It doesn’t stick rigidly to the novel, but remains true to the spirit of the story.   Margaret’s First View of Mr Thornton Margaret walking […]

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I know this is a Jane Austen blog, but I am sure I can find a connection between Gaskell and Austen. At the very least Sandy Welch wrote the screen play for the BBC adaptations of North and South and Emma (the one with Romola Garai as Emma) and North and South seems to echo Pride and Prejudice. I like […]

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As Austen was a bit of an Edgeworth fan, when I saw this in the book shop I decided I had to read it (although Austen died before this novel was published). Here’s the stuff on the back … She was the best-selling author of Regency England. Admired by Jane Austen, whose fame she eclipsed. […]

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Lovers Vows

On second thoughts I shall just direct you to a marvellous post by Ellen Moody here – I think she has written everything I wanted to write (and more) much better than I could.

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Lovers Vows

I’ve been reading Lovers Vows. I downloaded it as an e-book from here. Definitely worth a read (and surprisingly easy to read). There are parallel between the plot of Mansfield Park and Lovers Vows. I’ll try to write more on this in another post.

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I bought this book based on the review in the Jane Austen Regency World magazine – they were very favourable. Just by looking at the cover I should have known better. Mark Knightley – handsome, clever, rich – is used to women falling at his feet. Except Emma Woodhouse, who’s like part of the family […]

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I was pleasantly surprised by this novel – it’s very readable (unlike some of Fanny Burney’s work). Here’s what’s on the back … Maria Edgeworth’s sparkling satire about the Anglo-Irish family of an absentee landlord is also a landmark novel of morality and social realism. The Absenteecentres around Lord and Lady Clonbrony, a couple more […]

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 I’ve had this book in my ‘to be read’ pile for quite some time. I thought the Everything Austen Challenge would be a good opportunity to force me to read it. At the moment I’m about a third of the way through and I have to admit that I like it. Edgeworth has none of […]

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