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No. 115: January / February 2022

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No. 115: January / February 2022

  • Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)
    the show that is taking the West End by storm
  • Eloping with Lydia Bennet
    why Gretna Green proved so attractive
  • Austen's music
    rehabilitating George Chard, Jane's music teacher
  • New series: Regency travellers
    meet the women who explored the world
  • Harpoon harvest
    whaling was big business in Jane Austen's time
  • Waltz and diplomacy
    Dorothy Lieven introduced Henry to the scandalous dance

Plus reports from Austen societies; news, letters, book reviews, quiz and much, much more!

Previous Issues

No. 108: November / December 2020

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No. 108: November / December 2020

  • Lockdown at Jane Austen's House
    house director Lizzie Dunford has a message of hope and inspiration
  • Thanksgiving with Jane
    messages of thanks and appreciation can be found throughout the novels
  • Beer for breakfast?
    what you drank and where you drank it was largely determined by sex and class
  • The noble sport of pedestrianism
    this fierce trial of stamina was all the rage in Regency England
  • Jane in the Bahamas
    clues to Austen's unlikely Caribbean connection
  • Finding good society
    Playing online Austen games during lockdown

No. 107: September / October 2020

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No. 107: September / October 2020

  • Mary had a little hammer
    Kate Winslet stars in a new film about a famous fossil hunter
  • Cassandra Austen: arsonist or heroine?
    Gill Hornby's new book considers the literary reputation of Jane's sister
  • Tributes to Deirdre Le Faye
    the distinguished Austen biographer died in August aged 86
  • Churchill and Chawton
    Britain's wartime leader was an admirer of Jane Austen
  • Who would join an 'ugly club'?
    plenty of people in Liverpool did just that
  • 'My ancestor was executed'
    Gyles Brandreth tells of his ancestor's conviction for treason

No. 106: July / August 2020

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No. 106: July / August 2020

  • Travelling bridesmaids
    brides and grooms were rarely alone on their wedding night
  • Austen after the pandemic
    great plans for Chawton House, and local groups share tips for lockdown
  • Playing with yo-yos
    the craze that swept through Regency England
  • Meet Princess Amelia
    the youngest daughter of King George III and Queen Charlotte
  • The Jane Austen Festival in Bath
    remembering the first 20 years of the festival
  • Tartan rebellion
    It is 200 years since a group of Scots rose up against their rulers

No. 105: May / June 2020

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No. 105: May / June 2020

  • Belgravia on screen
    a new series from the creator of Downton Abbey
  • Austen during lockdown
    Jane in quarantine, a cholera epidemic and films for isolation
  • Gathering of fans
    the Jane Austen Summer Program in North Carolina
  • Who would hate Austen?
    we forget that her work was not always appreciated
  • Elusive allusions
    hidden meanings in Jane Austen's novels
  • Austen is the best medicine
    Natalie Jenner introduces her new novel, The Jane Austen Society

No. 104: March / April 2020

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No. 104: March / April 2020

  • Meet the Austen Girls
    Lucy Worsley and Jane's nieces
  • Austen in the attic
    A rare find of novel illustrations for Sense & Sensibility
  • Regency fashions revealed
    What to wear and when to wear it
  • Falling on heard times
    Their father's death caused difficulties for the Wordsworth siblings
  • Women boxers
    Female pugilism was common in Austen's day
  • Mary Bennet's keyboard
    Jane shared a taste in music with the Pride & Prejudice character

No. 103: January / February 2020

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No. 103: January / February 2020

  • Valentine's surprise
    Romance in Jane Austen's time
  • A nation in mourning
    The funeral of King George III was an elaborate affair
  • Jane and the zodiac
    Matching Austen's characters with their star signs
  • Austen's favourite people
    Two writers who influenced Jane's work
  • 'Rapid and correct'
    How long did it take Austen to write her books?
  • Revolution averted
    Uncovering the Cato Street conspiracy
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