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Pride and Prejudice’s 200th anniversary – Australian news roundup

The Pride and Prejudice 200th anniversary was a public holiday in Australia (a day in lieu for the Australia day on the Saturday), and when I came back to work on Tuesday my sub-editor handed me Page 6 and Page 7 of The Sydney Morning Herald’s weekend ‘Spectrum’ (you can see some of it here).

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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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Book Review: Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad

by Bee Rowlatt and May Witwit

Bee is a mother to three young daughters and a London resident.  She’s also a journalist, school fair organiser, tea drinker and generally busy woman juggling married life, family illness and holidays abroad.

May is a lecturer, teaching Jane Austen and democracy to girls, and has a preoccupation with coffee, smoking and her hair.  She’s also an Iraqi living in Baghdad. 

“He made me think about your literature students: don’t they find it hard to relate to literature when their lives are a daily struggle? How can you teach Jane Austen in Baghdad? How can they make sense of it? … Bee”

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