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The Jane Austen Handbook and Q&A with Margaret C. Sullivan

Some books are a delight to read.  Some make your insides mushy, and have you quoting paragraphs to your friends.  This, The Jane Austen Handbook, is one such book.  I received an advance copy two days ago for reviewing purposes from Quirk Books, based in the US (and publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), and have stopped only for water and to pay my morning calls (as Sullivan tells us, “A formal morning call lasts from quarter of an hour to half an hour”).

A re-release of the 2007 “The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World”, “The Jane Austen Handbook: Proper Life Skills from Regency England” has a beautiful new cover that, along with the “new book” smell, would make me squeal had I not known to behave in a more elegant manner.  The little step-by-step guide, in “how to” form, is an adorable Austen novel companion, available in mid-March 2011 for (US)$16.95.

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Why is Pride and Prejudice just so contagious?

I was asked by a new-found friend and Jane Austen fan over at Upstart (an online magazine for emerging journalists) to write a piece about what it is that makes Pride and Prejudice so popular.  Why are we still reading it 200 years later?  The formation of this article, Pride and Prejudice still on top, was a lot of fun.

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Dawn Of The Dreadfuls, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Prequel

by Steve Hockensmith

I read this Quirk books latest from cover to cover within three train trips.  It blows Pride and Prejudice and Zombies straight out the water with its originality, characters and sense of action.  “Originality?… in a Jane Austen rehash!” you say.  Well this isn’t any usual sort of rehashing. Instead of inserting Ninjas and dojos carelessly into the plot, Hockensmith weaves them through a completely fresh regency narrative.  I am now a die-hard fan, and I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this in the slightest.  Continue reading

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