Excessively Diverted: Austen Books into Movies

By Diana Cheng To wrap up a week of Jane Austen celebration, here’s an annotated list of adaptations of her works on both the small and big screens, productions that Jane would have approved. She would have been pleased to see her writing being transposed into another art medium two hundred years later, something that…

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Reviewed by Harriet If you’re a watcher of historical TV documentaries, you won’t need introducing to Lucy Worsley, who presents history programmes for the BBC, in which she often dresses up in the costumes of the period. She’s also produced a number of popular history books, frequently tied in to the series she’s been presenting.…

Austen-ish – A Reading List of Austen-inspired fiction

Compiled by Annabel and Elaine More than any other author, including Dickens and the Brontës, Jane Austen has inspired other writers to use her characters and settings to write sequels, retellings and homages of her six novels and the handful of her other writings. We have surveyed this huge field to select our favourites plus…

The Incredible Crime by Lois Austen-Leigh

Reviewed by Hayley Anderton The Incredible Crime and its author are something of a literary curiosity. Lois Austen-Leigh was the great great-grandniece of Jane Austen. She almost certainly wrote her books at the same desk her more famous ancestor used (now housed in the British Library), and that connection alone is probably enough to raise…

The Watsons – Two Endings

Reviewed by Elaine Simpson-Long I have recently read two finished versions of  Austen’s The Watsons, a novel fragment which, they say, she abandoned after her father’s death in 1805. I have found it very amusing to see how they differ and how the authors of both completions have diverged so widely in so many ways. The story…

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Jane Austen Week at Shiny

Introduction by Harriet Jane Austen died two hundred years ago, on 18 July 1817, at the age of just 41. She had anonymously published four novels – Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815). Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published after her death, in 1818. They were all…