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What better way is there to celebrate the 200th Birthday of Sense and Sensibility than buying a special edition Austen!

Since the first publication in 1811, there have been possibly hundreds of versions of Sense and Sensibility on sale; however, I think that this is possibly the most exquisite yet.  This leather binding, marble edged hardback is a perfect gift to mark Austen’s 200 year- old  romance, and will make a perfect addition to your book collection. I’m sure that myself and Miss Smith will be purchasing a copy very soon.

So, if you are like us and have a crazy obsession for beautiful books, then get yourself onto the Jane Austen Centre website now! For only £15.00, this could be one of your darling children.

Happy Birthday Sense and Sensibility! x

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Eating a bar of chocolate whilst watching Mr Darcy in a wet shirt can be an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, but what happens if there is a power cut? What would you do if your copy of Persuasion is nowhere to be found? How does one cope in situations like this?

Austen’s Real Men is a product made by the editors here at Janeite Journal as a little treat for those moments when your favourite Austen classic is unavailable. Wet shirts, cravates, and even marriage proposals are mixed with a hint of chocolate to give you the ultimate Jane Austen fix. Never again shall you be without alone at a bus stop without a way of being with the endearing Captain Wentworth or the dashing Mr Knightly. Traces of scandal may also be discovered for those Janeites who perfer the likes of Wickham and Willoughby.

Warning: Austen’s Real Men cannot be purchased and has a high risk of side effects (swooning, hallucinations e.t.c).

To view more images of the choloclate bar, please visit the craft page…

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Presents open-air garden theatre UK and Ireland 2011, at some of the most beautiful venues the UK and Ireland have to offer. Included in these, is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility by Laura Turner!

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is touring five wonderful new productions across the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland, from June to Septemnber 2011. In a season of magical, mysterious and romantic characters, Chapterhouse is performing some of the best-loved stories of literature. They pride themselves on producing accessible, traditional but innovative shows that have entertained thousands of theatregoers throughout the UK and Ireland.

played to perfection” Worthing Herald 2011

‘Don’t miss…the perfect evening’ The Daily Express

We ourselves, as cultured Janeites, visted Chapterhouse’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice earlier this year. We thought it to be a wonderful performance, and a truly brilliant night out. Get yourselves down to an upcoming performance, and you are guaranteed to enjoy yourselves on a fine summer evening. Jane commands you! Please remember your bonnets and parasols, sunburn is not attractive or at all fashionable for young ladies. If you wish to read Miss Smith’s review of Pride and Prejudice, please visit the play reviews page under Literary Frivolity.

For more information, please visit the Upcoming Performances page under Literary Frivolity at the top of the blog…

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As a small easter celebration, i thought it would be nice to make something which would involve Miss Jane Austen into this lovely day. After a short while of thinking and planning, i decided that the best way to do this was to create Darcy and Elizabeth decorated eggs. This was easier said than done, as bonnets are a very hard decoration to fashion, especially on a minature scale.  Captain Wentworth became a possible option; however, his naval hat would look rather silly. The idea of creating every  Pride and Prejudice character was also considered, but even i must admit that it would be taking egg decorationg to an extreme level ( perhaps another time :) ). Well, enough of my nonsensical ramblings, have a lovely Easter from Miss Wareham and Miss Smith. x

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1 Apr 2011, by

Gowns Galore!

Wanting to attend the Jane Austen Festival 2011 in Bath? Can’t find any regency gowns in your closet? Then look no further, the Jane Austen Centre is at your service.

Andrea Galer, Award winning designer who has created the costumes for ITV’s Perusasion (2007), BBC’s Miss Austen Regrets (2007) and the film Mansfield Park (1999) to name but a few, has given us the chance to puchase one of her wonderful designs. These beautiful dresses are enough to turn any young Darcy’s head at this years festival.

For more information, please visit the ‘Inspired by Jane’ page under ‘Barton Cottage Industries’…

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1 Apr 2011, by

Riveting Rhymes

We are pleased to announce that we have a new page on Janeite Journal! ‘Pemberley’s Poems’ is a collection of our favourite poems, dedicated to, or even written by the honourable Miss Jane Austen. We have also added a few of our own poems, in which we hope you will enjoy. These will mostly be the work of Miss Smith, as she is more experienced in the subject of writing and language; however, we shall all try our very best to take part in this joyous activity. Here is a small verse written by Miss Smith to start off our newly founded page…

Our fathers would banish our books to the fire
If they knew how these six filled our heads
Female authority?
New ideology?
So we hide them all under our beds.

Thankyou verily Miss Smith :) To read more riveting rhymes, please visit ‘Pemberley’s Poems’ under ‘Literary Frivolity’…

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As much as we make make fun of Henry Tilney’s muslin fettish and love of ridiculous hats, we can surely admit that the new Old Spice Parody has shown us a new light to Northanger Abbey’s hero.  Eventhough Tilney should not compare himself in any way to Darcy and Captain Wentworth, who are indeed fine examples of manliness; we think it brilliant that he tries his best. Written by AustenBlog’s own Heather Laurence and performed by Joe Homes, this wonderfully crafted parody portrays Tilney’s endearing qualities to the Janeite world. He also has a puppy! which makes the video all the more amusing. :D Could this be one of many Austen men adverts? We certainly hope so…

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13 Mar 2011, by

Jane’s Places


After a very long time searching for the camera cable, I have finally uploaded the first editions to our Jane’s Places section. I apologise for my tardiness Miss Austen, it shall not happen again.

Jane’s Places is the section of our website where we upload photos of Austen related street names, shops, road signs e.t.c. There is quite a number of said places around our town, and it is our duty as Janeites to seek them out and capture them on film. Not only does it make small outings and country walks much more enjoyable, but it also aids us in worshipping Jane wherever we go. This activity; however, can be highly dangerous, as it may cause unexpected swoons in public areas. It is recommended that you travel with a fellow Janeite, and have a small supply of smelling salts stashed in your vintage handbag, just in case. Although it would be a wonderful occurrence, it is highly unlikely that Mr Darcy or Captain Wentworth will sweep you up into his arms and ride into the sunset. If this did happen, your Janeite friend would not be a true Janeite unless she ran off with your handsome Austen hero and left you lying on the pavement; your bonnet twisted and your shawl entangled around your legs.

My first of Jane’s places left me grinning like a fool and immediately contacting Miss Smith to share my news of THE DARCY SHOP. Yes, such a place does exist. As well as having a glorious name, the shop itself it filled with beautiful wedding dresses and sparkling shoes. What more could a girl ask for? Well, the real Mr Darcy would be nice, but this will suffice. A glow emitted from this beautiful place of sanctuary and manliness(that is no word of a lie, honest!:P). This is a perfect addition to Janeite Journal and a lovely start to the Jane’s Places page.

To see more Austen related places please visit the Jane’s Places page.

Miss Warehamx

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Since it is indeed Valentine’s Day, Miss Smith and Miss Warburton asked me if i would care to explain why I have a small place in my Janeite heart for Mr Edmund Bertram, as they think it nonsensical and absurd.Well, they shall soon see…
Some people think that Edmund is blind, ridiculous and well, an idiot. In a recent Janeite survey (i do like surveys for Jane things :-D), it was proven that Edmund was the least favourite hero, and Mr Henry Crawford was preferred as the main role (come on girls, we all like a blaggard). Although i may agree in some parts, I do feel that

Edmund Bertram/ Blake Ritson

Edmund does not receive worthy credit by Austen readers. Mansfield Park: my first Austen novel, yes, it was not Pride and Prejudice like most Janeites. This is partly why i feel a duty towards the characters of this novel, as i have grown up with them since my early Jane worshipping years. This may shock Miss Smith and Miss Warburton since they know of my hatred toward spine-creasers (yes, they are a race of horrible and scary people), but my copy of Mansfield Park is my only book which has quite a lot of creases down its lovely creamy spine of janeness. Shocking indeed! Thus showing my love for this novel, and how no matter how much i read it, Edmund and Fanny will always be my third favourite couple (Darcy and Wentworth come first).

In Mansfield Park we watch Edmund mostly through Fanny’s eyes and we know she can’t be objective. What is puzzling is that we get very limited details about Edmund’s relationship with the woman he eventually marries- he acts like an affectionate older brother to Fanny until the very end of the book, where the narrator gives us a brief account about how he fell in love with Fanny.  We know a lot about Fanny’s love for Edmund, but we don’t get much of the reverse at all. Perhaps if we could see more of Edmund’s insight, then we may notice the love for Fanny which has always been there in the heart of the novel.  Even Edmund’s relationship with Mary, a much more sizeable chunk of the book, is very lacking in details. We see them together almost exclusively through Fanny’s eyes, or else hear about them briefly from the narrator: “They had talked – and they had been silent – he had reasoned – she had ridiculed – and they had parted at last with mutual vexation”
At times it seems that we get more interaction between Fanny and Edmund not just because the book is Fanny’s story but also because that’s the story that Edmund “ought to be” participating in. What complicates this further is that Edmund’s romance with Mary doesn’t seem like a mistake. They both seem to genuinely love each other but, in the end, their relationship comes to a very messy end. This is, in my opinion, what makes the readers view on Edmund so complicated. The fact that we don’t witness a great deal of Edmund’s true feelings, makes it quite difficult to grasp the idea of him suddenly realising his love for Fanny.
Anyhow, we can say he is a romantic hero, at least, in Fanny’s eyes (and mine). He seems to live two parallel lives: one in the reality of facts in his turbulent relationship with Mary, the other one in Fanny’s mind and heart, where he is irreprehensible, affectionate, sensitive.
Well, that is all i can think of at this very moment in time. My soft spot for Edmund can change over different courses; one day i could ramble off many reasons why he is a favourite hero, other days i would just say that i don’t know why, but i just do. There you have it, my Edmund explanation; although, i do like to make fun of him sometimes. For example…

Myself, Miss Smith and Miss Warburton agree that this is Edmund's 'rapey vicar' face. It is indeed extremely creepy but amusing :)

Happy Valentine’s Day,
Janeite love,
Miss Wareham x

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This is our first book review for the blog, so we decided on a book which we all loved…

Romantic dilemmas, handsome young men, a Jane Austen conference, and two chickens named Freddy and Fitz; A Weekend With Mr Darcy is the perfect weekend read for any janeite. Victoria Connelly’s  UK debut novel is lifted out of the usual chick- flick entertainment with her thorough knowledge of Jane Austen’s world.

Two unlucky in love protagonists, Katherine Roberts and Robyn Love are faced with an unforgettable journey of love, heartbreak and the life of the author we all know and love; Miss Jane Austen.

What develops over the course of an entertaining weekend set in Hampshire, is a true comedy of errors, complete with romantic entanglements, gender misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and of course, men on horseback.

To read more on this book review, visit the book review section in literary frivolity…

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