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As Bath’s celebratory Jane Austen Festival makes a welcome return, guest blogger Dr. Gabrielle Malcolm, author of Fan Phenomena: Jane Austen and There’s Something About Darcy, reveals what we can look forward to and what makes this Austen extravaganza so special.
It’s September 1801. The season is changing and Jane Austen is arriving at her new home, 4 Sydney Place, Bath. We asked historian, author and Jane Austen aficionado Diana White to tell us what treats the city of pleasures held in store for our favourite novelist.
As more seasons of Netflix hit Bridgerton are confirmed, we asked our guest blogger Dr. Gabrielle Malcolm (author of Fan Phenomena: Jane Austen and There’s Something About Darcy), to tell us about spotting Bath locations, the books the series is based on, and the enduring appeal of 'Regency Risk'
Jane Austen is a great writer. We accept that, right? It’s a given, isn’t it? But just what is it that makes her so special? We asked Dr. Gabrielle Malcolm, guest blogger and author of Fan Phenomena: Jane Austen and There’s Something About Darcy to share her thoughts
Julia Golding is a multi-award-winning children’s author and the creator of the podcast What Would Jane Do? Her latest detective series Jane Austen Investigates launches this month. We caught up with her over Zoom at her home in Oxford to find out why this Regency novelist is still a woman of our times.
Jane Austen lived in Bath over a period of five years in her twenties. We asked Dr. Gabrielle Malcolm, author of Fan Phenomena: Jane Austen, There’s Something About Darcy, to tell us about the influence the city had on the woman and her writings
Bridgerton, Netflix’s smash-hit series based on the novels by Julia Quinn, depicts Regency England as a place of romance, scandal and the fashionable elite. Set in 1813, the same year that Jane Austen’s novel Pride & Prejudice was published, and partly filmed in Bath, our guest blogger and Austen expert Christine Hughes wonders whether Jane would have recognised the settings, fashions and social mores in this fantasy version of Regency England?
For many of us, over the past year, our only regular glimpse into the homes of others has been the view afforded through a screen in video calls. Some people have even ordered ready made shelves of books in order to have an impressive or scholarly backdrop. In the Georgian era, when it was customary to pay a brief call on neighbours or a new acquaintance, there was a similar emphasis on the necessity of creating a tasteful and fashionable backdrop that would impress any visitors to your home - no matter how brief the visit. Christine Hughes explains the etiquette.
'Jane Austen was a happy visitor to the city where marriages were made and fortunes lost and where le beau monde was an inspiration for the novels time has made famous', writes Diana White, historian, author and guide on our two day festive jaunt to Jane Austen's Bath. We asked her to tell us more.
Our new two-day festive jaunt around Jane Austen’s Bath is led by local historian Diana White. Ahead of the tour, we caught up with her to ask about her book, Jane Austen: The Life and Times of the Woman behind the Books, and the city Jane Austen made her home.
Summer is one of the busiest times of year for travelling, both at home and further abroad. As Jane Austen and her fellow Georgians show, going on a journey has always involved untold delights, undoubted discomforts and, ultimately, the importance of self-discovery. English teacher and Georgian history expert Christine Hughes tells us more.