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I bought this at the Jane Austen conference in Canberra two years ago and have only just got to reading it. Here is the blurb … This book proposes a relationship between the novel that explores the heroine’s maturity (bildungsroman) and the spirit of her age (zeitgeist). Put another way, how an author of bildungsroman […]

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I can’t remember where I first heard of this (or when), but, of course, I wanted to read it. Then there was a scathing review by John Mullan and I had second thoughts, but I had already purchased a copy by then. Here is the blurb … A brilliant, illuminating reassessment of the life and work […]

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Jane of Green Gables

It is always interesting what you find when clicking links indiscriminately while browsing the internet. I came across this interesting article Jane of Green Gables: L. M Montgomery’s Reworking of Austen’s Legacy by Miriam Rheingold Fuller, which links my two favourite authors. I found this article via Sarah Emsley and I find her through the janeites email list […]

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I have to say this blog is in a decline a bit like Mrs Bennet after Lydia runs off with Wickham. Time, content and motivation are all my problems. Anyway, Bitch in a Bonnet, was recommended by one of the members of my Jane Austen group – I bought the Kindle version. Here’s the blurb … […]

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I thought this book was charming. I admire people who can publish unflattering truths about themselves – although I do wonder about his relationship to his father (it is one thing to write unflattering things about yourself, but other people?) This book makes me want to reread Austen’s novels (can’t get any more positive than […]

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I was keen to read this book and I wasn’t disappointed. It is easy to read and fun. There are sections on dressing up, sequels, prequels, spin offs, conspiracy theories (Austen was writing a secret code that only one person has discovered in the past 200 years) and Austen therapy. Ms Yaffe travels the world […]

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  I finished reading this book – it is a interesting read and makes me want to read the novels again (that has to be a good thing). Here is the description …  Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call each other, and why? What are the right and wrong ways […]

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A friend sent me a link to this review about this book – of course I had to buy it. It just arrived in the mail and I haven’t read it yet, but it is next in line after All That I Am by Anna Funder. Here are some other reviews … http://austenonly.com/2012/06/10/book-review-what-matters-in-jane-austen-twenty-crucial-puzzles-solved-by-john-mullan/  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-2163289/What-Mr-Darcys-really-thinking—WHAT-MATTERS-IN-JANE-AUSTEN-TWENTY-CRUCIAL-PUZZLES-SOLVED-BY-JOHN-MULLAN.html

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As part of my Mansfield Park re-read, I’ve read the Mansfield Park chapter of The Improvement of the Estate by Alistair M Duckworth. It is very accessible I recommend it to anyone interested in Austen’s novels. To my mind his chapter on Mansfield Park is really a defense of it and to prove that is […]

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I finished! Chapter Six is about the Jane Austen brand. Austen is both a popular author and a great one. As such she exists in several mutually exclusive spheres – she is all things to all men. The middle aged, the middle class and those who consider themselves slightly above the middlebrow are Austen’s natural […]

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