“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery”

It is a truth universally acknowledged that most articles celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen this year will begin their tribute by incorporating this celebrated opening sentence from 'Pride and Prejudice'. And, what better way to start a conversation about Jane Austen? These are the words which introduced many readers to her world - an ideal world where…
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A glut of literary cookbooks

As so often happens with me, I recently spotted a single title that lead me down a library collection rabbit hole that I've only just scrambled out of. The book in question was Dinner With Mr Darcy: Recipes Inspired by the Novels and Letters of Jane Austen. My interest was piqued. I had a sudden appetite to know - what other…
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Happy Birthday Amiable Jane

It is a truth universally acknowledged... that readers of Jane Austen must be in want of more! I can still remember it so clearly - my first encounter with Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. I was in my pink-walled, sloping-ceilinged, shoe-box bedroom, staying up way past bedtime reading Pride and Prejudice for 7th Form English…
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