Tag Archive: jane austen

May 16

Review: Austenland by Shannon Hale

It’s no secret that I’m a Jane Austen fan. I’m not over-the-top fanatical – I can’t quote sections of text and I haven’t even read Mansfield Park – but I do love Austen’s work. I love her characterisation and her wonderful use of language and I love the social commentary aspect of her novels. I’m …

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Sep 27

There’s Something About Jane

Jane Austen

I indulged in some book buying retail therapy this week. When I arrived home I realised that two of the four books I bought had links to Jane Austen in the title. After an emotionally draining week, I decided to give the romantic fiction A Weekend with Mr Darcy by Victoria Connelly my attention first …

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Sep 26

Review: A Weekend with Mr Darcy by Victoria Connelly

I’ve had a few hit and miss experiences with Austen spin-offs, but I quite enjoyed this gentle romantic novel. I needed something light and easy to read and A Weekend with Mr Darcy delivered just that. Reasonably predictable, the story nevertheless has a cast of appealing characters with a few quirky Austen-esque secondary characters to …

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May 24

Which Vintage Classics Heroine am I?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Vintage Classic edition)

I can’t resist a good questionnaire (or list) and so despite the late hour (it’s currently 12.15am), I was tempted by the Random House ‘Which Vintage Classic character are you?’ quiz. I tried to answer honestly, although I think I may have fudged the ‘how attractive are you’ question a little. We’ll blame the late …

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Feb 16

My Top 10 Writer Crushes

One of our Thursday's is Missing by Jasper Fforde

Do you have a secret (or not so secret) writer crush? Someone whose books make you go ‘Squeeee!’ (even if only in your mind, because serious literary folk would certainly never Squeeee out loud). If you see this author’s name on a book cover, especially a new release, does your heart beat a little faster? …

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Oct 13

Do Your Books Look Well-Loved or Well-Preserved?

I love the look of well-loved old books.

Two different comments recently got me thinking about how I treat my books. I heard one and read the other within a couple of hours of each other. The first was a comment by a friend who had borrowed two picture books – Alexander’s Outing by Pamela Allen and Where the Wild Things Are by …

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Oct 24

Jane Austen, I Love You So

It’s been quite a while since I have indulged in reading a classic literature novel. I’ve been reading so many great new or modern authors recently that I haven’t had a lot of time for older titles. As much as I have loved some of the fantastic new releases that I’ve been reading, I really want …

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Oct 24

Book Review: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Reading Northanger Abbey reminded me of just how clever and humorous Austen can be in her writing, especially as this novel seemed to be her most openly satirical. I love the way she uses the simple naïveté of Catherine Morland to highlight the hypocrisy, arrogance and ridiculousness of other characters. As is frequently the case, …

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May 11

Classic Austen and Bronte

I do love a good classic, particularly Austen. I still have my high school copy of Pride and Prejudice with all the margin notes and underlining. I was delighted to discover some recent reprints of Austen and Bronte classics by Cameron House (an imprint of Bookwise International). They were previously published in the UK by …

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Apr 11

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – What the?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Austen & Grahame-Smith

Despite the fact that I am a die hard Austen fan, when I heard about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Quirk, 2009) by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith I was still mildly intrigued – enough to check out the publisher website anyway. Apparently this mashup of Austen’s 1813 classic and a zombie rampage storyline has …

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