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Book Review: Jane Austen Made Me Do It

‘Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart’ – Front Cover

This compilation, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (of Jane Austen blog, AustenProse, fame), was a complete surprise to me. I was unsure of what I was expecting, but picked the paperback up regardless for (AU)$21.95 from Dymocks in Castle Towers, Castle Hill ISBN: 978-0345524966. As someone who generally does not read short stories, I found some beautiful gems within this 464-page anthology – and many of them had a Pride and Prejudice slant.

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Book Review and Q&A: Mary Bennet by Jennifer Paynter

‘Pride, Prejudice and the forgotten sister…’ – cover of Mary Bennet

This book is a beautiful read, repackaging Mary Bennet from before Pride and Prejudice took place all the way through to after the novel ends, showing us the sisters and the scenarios through her eyes. It’s a refreshing look at the characters (Mr Bennet and Lizzy don’t always fare so well) and it’s written in a way that stays completely true to Jane Austen, but also gives us entirely new storylines and characters to enjoy.

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When other authors hate Pride and Prejudice…

Browsing in Basement Books on my way home from UTS yesterday, I came across “Poisoned Pens” edited by Gary Dexter, “Literary invective from Amis to Zola”. It was AU$7.95 (original price AU$24.95) for the hardback, and the quote in the dust jacket sealed the deal.  If you’re really keen to have a read though, the entire thing is on Google Books here for you to peruse (especially have a read of the introduction) – and you can do a quick search for Jane Austen to see all the snippets I will be discussing below.

“Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the head with her own shin bone” -Mark Twain on Jane Austen, it read. Amusing, giggle-worthy words and I decided to buy the book for hopes of more Austen tidbits.

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