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Austenland

I was really keen to see this movie based on Shannon Hale’s novel, but it wasn’t played in any cinemas near me. I bought it as soon as it was released on DVD. It has had some poor reviews, but I thought it was hilarious. An over-the-top romp through most of the conventions that make […]

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I thought I should read this book as it has been much discussed – and I do like Pride and Prejudice. This novel is written from the servants point of view. Here is the blurb … Pride and Prejudice was only half the story •   If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, […]

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I found this novel at the airport – heading home from a girls weekend away – and had to buy it despite my plan of only buying digital books from now on. Here is the blurb …  ‘No two views of a ball will be exactly alike. So many separate little worlds make up the […]

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  This was in the discount bin at JBHIFI and I definitely thought it was worth buying. It is a modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility. This is from Wikipedia … From Prada to Nada is an American romantic comedy film directed by Angel Garcia and produced by Gary Gilbert, Linda McDonough, Gigi Pritzker and […]

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Years ago I read a novel by Fenton called Lions and Liquorice and loved it. So I snapped this one up when I saw it in the Borders closing down sale. Be warned: it’s the same novel renamed for the US market. Not to worry, I didn’t own a copy and I enjoyed reading this again. Here’s the […]

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My local Angus and Robertsons has gone out of business, but the space now has one of those $5 book shops, which was where I found this novel. How could I not buy it? Here’s the blurb … Full of characters obsessed with Jane Austen and set in Jane Austen locations in England, this lively […]

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I’m not sure what happened to April, May and June – a nit of a gap in the Jane Austen reviews! I think Austen fans read Austen related texts for different reasons. Some read it for the romance, others for the period detail and others (myself included) for the wit and beautiful prose. I admire […]

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  This novel is based on Sense and Sensibility. I have been disappointed in the past with sequels, prequels, etc, but being eternally hopeful (or just wanting more Austen) I’m always prepared to try another one. Here’s a synopsis Jane Austen’s beloved Sense and Sensibilityhas moved to Westport, Connecticut, in this enchanting modern-day homage to […]

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In the second episode Amanda tells Mr Bingley she is a lesbian (to avoid his advances). She entertains Mr Darcy, Mr Bingley and Miss Bingley with a rendition of Downtown – unfortunately this is edited from the DVD – you can find it at Youtube. Returning to Netherfield they encounter Wickham when their carriage breaks down […]

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It has  been my experience that Austen fans fall into two groups; those who admire her brilliance, read and re-read her novels and are amazed that other writers would even dare to try to imitate her style, then there is the other group who love the characters, the period setting, they want to know what […]

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