Mini-Post | Cassandra Austen

Born on the day in 1773, Cassandra Austen was the most beloved elder sister of Jane Austen.⁠The affection between the two sisters, according to their relation Anne Lefroy, "passed the common love of sisters; and it had been so from childhood". They went to school together, were immersed in a clever and artistic family, and…

Mini-Post | Austen, “Emma” and the Prince Regent

On this day in 1815, the Prince Regent, the future George IV, received a specially bound copy of Jane Austen’s novel “Emma”, which had been dedicated to him. The Prince Regent was definitely not a favourite of Austen’s – she once wrote that she supported his estranged wife, Caroline of Brunswick, against him – which…

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…

Review & Blog Tour: “The Jane Austen Society”, by Natalie Jenner

I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review of a brilliant book that has just been published (three days ago!) as part of a blog book tour – Natalie Jenner’s debut novel, The Jane Austen Society. I’d like to thank St Martin’s Press for gifting me an advance readers’ edition to be able to have…

Review: “Sanditon” by Jane Austen & Kate Riordan

This is such a treat of a review for me today – I’m so grateful to Grand Central Publishing for gifting me a copy of Sanditon to read and review to coincide with its release in the US on PBS. Did you catch the first episode on Sunday? I have a confession to make: although…