Rereading Jane Austen | Pride and Prejudice

To continue my rereading Austen series (find my blog on Sense and Sensibility here), here are my thoughts on Austen’s second novel, and my favourite, Pride and Prejudice. I’ve been rereading it in conjunction with writing a lecture on it, which has meant that more so than ever, I’ve been thinking about the novel in…

Mini-Post | William John Bankes (1786-1855)

William John Bankes, by Henry Bone, after George Sanders (Saunders). Pen and Ink, 1821 (1812). Creative Commons licence, image courtesy NPG London (NPG D17608). William John Bankes was once described as “the father of all mischief” by his friend Lord Byron: the traveller, collector and draughtsman was an MP before he inherited his family estate…

Mini-Post | “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, the Beatles

On this day in 1964, the Beatles got their first number one hit in the US with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" - the song that kicked off Beatlemania in America. (Also one of my favourites by them!)⁠ Written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon in the basement of Jane Asher's parents' house (McCartney's…

Rereading Jane Austen | Sense and Sensibility

Inspired by reading about others rereading Jane Austen in the order of publication, and the fact I began 2021 with a head full of Bridgerton (both the Shondaland show and the eight Julia Quinn novels that I binge-read in about two weeks) and Regency history books, I decided it was time to return to Austen’s…