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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

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

Previous Issues

No. 96: November / December 2018

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No. 96: November / December 2018

  • Christmas with Jane Austen’s family
    Celebrating the festive season in a truly Georgian style
  • Love, lies and elopement
    Escaping to Gretna Green in a hurry was not uncommon
  • ‘We will have a pianoforte’
    Jane’s delight at her family’s new keyboard instrument
  • Massacre at Manchester
    Mike Leigh’s new film Peterloo is coming out soon
  • Ship, ship, hooray!
    Who you know mattered in the Regency-era Royal Navy
  • Which witch is which?
    Cunning folk, druids and pagans were never far away
  • ‘Pretty little TunbridgeWare’
    Wooden souvenirs that delighted the Austen family

No. 95: September / October 2018

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No. 95: September / October 2018

  • Gainsborough and the theatre
    A stunning new exhibition at the Holburne Musuem, Bath
  • Austen’s cradle of genius
    Archaeologists have made some stunning finds at Steventon
  • Marrying his mistress
    Elizabeth Armistead became the companion of a top politician
  • Jane and the archbishop
    The trail of Austen literarcy criticism leads to an Irish cathedral
  • Art and exploration
    The Royal Academy of Arts and Captain Cook’s travels
  • Wentworth’s prize money
    How does Persuasion’s hero compare with Austen’s brothers?
  • Fathers and daughters
    The Burneys, the Mitfords and the Austens

No. 94: July / August 2018

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No. 94: July / August 2018

  • Flying start
    Air travel in Jane Austen’s day – including some sky-high romantic adventures
  • Staging Persuasion
    A new adaptation is touring the UK to rave reviews
  • Painting for love
    Thomas Gainsborough’s family portraits will be on display in the UK and the US
  • Rioting on the streets of London
    References to civil unrest can be found in Northanger Abbey
  • Janeites are gathering
    Exclusive previews of the Jane Austen Festival in Bath and the JASNA AGM in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Searching for a lost Austen library
    Can you help to find missing volumes from the Godmersham library?

No. 93: May / June 2018

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No. 93: May / June 2018

  • Man and machine
    Were the Luddites friend or foe?
  • Jane Austen’s children
    Young people are never far away, whether in life or in the novels
  • Women on the gallows
    Terrifying tales of Georgian ladies condemned to hang
  • Fun by the seaside
    The Royal Pavilion in Brighton is a symbol of decadence
  • Spreading the faith
    Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, and her role in the expansion of Methodism
  • Aunt Jane’s advice
    Letters to a favourite niece show how much she cared

No. 92: March / April 2018

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No. 92: March / April 2018

  • Hamilton, the musical
    Jane Austen’s US contemporary is a stage hit
  • At the Court of St James
    What did Sir William Lucas mean by ‘dancing at court’?
  • Jane visits the museum
    The weird, wonderful and obscure exhibits that were on display
  • Monkey puzzle
    The shipwreck and the monkey: was it all that it seemed?
  • Austen’s landscapes
    Exploring how Capability Brown and Humphry Repton informed the novels
  • Why did Jane never marry?
    One writer has come up with his own theory

No. 91: January / February 2018

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No. 91: January / February 2018

  • Meet Drunk Austen
    The social media channel that shares all things Austen in a lighthearted way
  • 200 years of Persuasion
    Jane’s final novel was published six months after her death
  • Austen’s objectionable clergyman
    Making sense of Mr Collins in Pride & Prejudice
  • Women in the church
    They may not have been in the pulpit, but some had an important influence
  • Black Britain
    People of colour were not as rare in Austen’s world as we might think
  • Wicked Uncle Ernie
    Two deaths, a distasteful seduction and rumours of incest: what’s to like about George III’s fifth son?
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