Mini-Post | “Northanger Abbey” and “Persuasion”

On this day in 1817, Jane Austen’s final two novels, “Northanger Abbey” and “Persuasion”, were first advertised for publication posthumously. They were published together, along with a Biographical Notice of the Author, written by Austen’s brother, Henry Austen. Throughout her writing career, Austen had published anonymously, so this was the first time her identity had…

My 10 favourite Jane Austen quotes and why

Happy 245th birthday to my favourite author of all time, Jane Austen. Born in Steventon, Hampshire, on December 16th 1775, the seventh child (and second daughter) of George and Cassandra Austen, she went on to write six full novels, two incomplete novels, a short epistolary novel and several notebooks full of juvenilia, not to mention…

Mini-Post | Portraits of Jane Austen

On Wednesday (16th December), it’s Jane Austen's 245th birthday. To commemorate, I’ve been exploring portraits of Austen at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and I have three to share! (This originally appeared on my Instagram in July, but I'm excited to share these beautiful portraits here too!) Jane Austen, by Cassandra Austen, c.1810, NPG…

Mini-Post | “Winter Landscape”, Caspar David Friedrich

Winter Landscape, c.1811, oil on canvas. (Copyright National Gallery London, NG6517). And here is one of the snowiest, most wintery scenes I could find for my December Winter in Art series. This is Winter Landscape by Caspar David Friedrich, which I think is as dramatic as it is seasonal! Friedrich was a key member of…

Five things to read, listen to and watch for cosy autumn evenings

I get so excited for every season, but I love the cosiness of autumn as it draws in during September and October. I’m already enjoying eating pumpkin spice-flavoured everything even though Savannah hasn’t cooled down too much yet, and spending evenings curled up with cups of tea and books, as well as exploring things to…

Going Forward: Black Lives Matter Resources

Find the article from the above picture here, and read more about it below. Today’s post is a bit of a long one, with lots of links and resources, so please bear with me – but one that I feel is incredibly important to be here on my blog, even if I’m reiterating things you…