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…

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: “Forgotten Royal Women: The King and I”, by Erin Lawless

For my last-but-one Women’s History Month post, I’m so excited to share my review of Erin Lawless’ book Forgotten Royal Women: The King and I, which Pen & Sword Books kindly sent me a copy of to review. A positive in the craziness that the world is going through right now (and I sincerely hope…

Spotlight on Literary Heroines: Anne Shirley

I confess, I came to Anne Shirley later in life than I think you’re supposed to read her. The eleven-year-old (in the first book of L. M. Montgomery’s series, Anne of Green Gables) became a kindred spirit of mine when I was twenty-two. I was twice her age in the book, yet I became captivated…

Reading Wish List: Women and Women’s History

Happy International Women’s Day! Seeing as the theme I’ve set myself this month is Reading Women, my post to celebrate today is my current reading wish list of books on women and women’s history. Tell me in the comments what you think I should add to it! Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women…