Archives for Jane Austen

#Bookreview ‘Miss Austen’ by @GillHornby #JaneAusten #historical

What a delicious first chapter there is to MISS AUSTEN by Gill Hornby. Elderly Cassandra Austen arrives unannounced to visit a family friend in Kintbury, endures a parsimonious supper and a difficult evening without much conversation. Why, I wondered, is Cassandra there. And then at bedtime, comes a hint at her reason. Cassandra visits Isabella, a family friend who is grieving the death of her father. Cassandra’s objective, is to retrieve any incriminating letters between her sister Jane and Isabella’s mother, Eliza, before Isabella leaves the family vicarage. With both letter writers dead, and knowledge of the novelist Jane Austen more widely sought than ever before, Cassandra is anxious to protect Jane’s legacy. What follows is a gentle telling of the sisters’ relationship as Hornby pieces together the real letters of the Austen sisters and the known biography of the family, combined with events and dialogue of her own imagination. This is a meandering read without a real focus, there is the imagined threat to Jane’s reputation as Cassandra searches for the missing letters under threat of exposure by her sister-in-law Mary. But this threat is not wholly formed and the story goes back and forth between Cassandra reading the
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My Porridge & Cream read @marlaskidmore44 #books #JaneAusten

Today I’m delighted to welcome historical novelist Marla Skidmore. Her ‘Porridge & Cream’ read is Emma by Jane Austen. “It was difficult to choose just one book for my Porridge and Cream read, as I have so many favourites. Anya Seton’s Katherine and Georgette Heyer’s An Infamous Army are very near the top of my list but if I have to pin it down to just one book, then it has to be Emma. It was at school, during a double Library period in the Summer of 1965, that my impressionable teenage self, became entranced by the world that Jane Austen created in her novels. Initially it was haughty Mr Darcy and feisty Lizzie Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, that caught my attention but then I discovered her wonderfully flawed, high spirited and delightfully managing heroine, Emma Woodhouse. ‘Handsome, clever and rich,’ Emma has no responsibilities other than the care of her rather foolish, elderly father.When her close companion, the motherly Anne Taylor gets married and leaves her, Emma sets out on an ill-fated match-making career which focuses on the pretty but dim Harriet Smith. Emma manages to cause misunderstandings with every new tactic she employs. Cherished and spoilt, she is
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Great opening paragraph 63… ‘Pride and Prejudice’ #amwriting #FirstPara

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen Amazon Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:- ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ by Rachel Joyce ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’ by Carson McCullers ‘That They May Face the Rising Sun’ by John McGahern And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by #JaneAusten #books http://wp.me/p5gEM4-8t via @SandraDanby
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Categories: Book Love and On Writing.

↑↓ Going Up Going Down 13

↑ Sorry Kelly I have nothing against Kelly Clarkson: I like ‘A Moment Like This’, I like American Idol and am not in the least bit snobby about it [its much better than The X Factor]. But I am relieved that Jane Austen’s turquoise and gold ring will stay in the UK. Clarkson outbid Jane Austen’s House Museum at an auction last year, buying the ring for £152,450. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey put an export bar on it until 30 September 2013 and the museum in Chawton, Hampshire started a fundraising campaign. It raised enough money to buy back the ring, including an anonymous contribution in August of £100k. Clarkson accepted the bid. The ring will go on display at the museum in the New Year, alongside other pieces of Austen’s jewellery. To learn more about the Chawton museum, click this link:-  http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/ ↑ Re-imagining Jane Austen Harper Fiction is running a Jane Austen writing competition for 16-18 year olds on the theme ‘Jane Austen: Re-imagined.’ Entries will be judged by novelist Joanna Trollope. The winner will be published on a special website. Trollope will visit the winner’s school to talk about Austen, and the school library will also be
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If books were real, Mr Wickham…

Mr Wickham… would lie on his Facebook page about his connections, his achievements, and his fortune. He would find Linked In a little more difficult, as no-one would want to link themselves to him. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen [Penguin] How would other fictional characters behave, if they were real? Bella Swan, vampire, in ‘Breaking Dawn’ Jamie Fraser in ‘Cross Stitch’ Torak in ‘Wolf Brother’ And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: If #books were real, Mr Wickham would lie on social media PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-nM
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If books were food, ‘Sense & Sensibility’ would be…

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen… would be a French macaroon. Both smell sweet, they are pretty, girly, full of sugar and spice and all things nice. S&S is a coming of age story, Marianne is led by the heart, by sensation, by immediacy. I read it at different ages and got completely different things out of it. I admit to being irritated by Marianne when I first read the book as a teenager, I thought her rather silly and vapid. Re-read when I was older and bruised by love, I felt sad for her loss of youthful energy. Her final understanding is that the true nature of love is nothing to do with fleeting romantic gestures and fine words, but everything to do with dedication and constancy and two souls chiming as one as the years go by.   ‘Sense & Sensibility’ by Jane Austen [UK: Vintage Classics] And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Imagine, if books were food: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen #books http://wp.me/p5gEM4-j5 via @SandraDanby
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If books were real, Elizabeth Bennet…

Elizabeth Bennet would read Grazia, subscribe to Granta and secretly fancy Benedict Cumberbatch.     ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen [UK: Penguin] How would other fictional characters behave, if they were real? Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games’ Mattie Ross in ‘True Grit’ Jo March in ‘Little Women’ And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: If #books were real, Elizabeth Bennet would read Grazia magazine: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-5N
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