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Best Pride and Prejudice book covers… continued

When I first started sharing some of my favourite Pride and Prejudice book covers, I thought I’d get to a list of 10, and leave it at that. However, after my Top Ten Pride and Prejudice Book Covers, I got to Top Ten Foreign Pride and Prejudice Book Covers and the Top Ten Borders covers (sadly the images are no longer available as, obviously, Borders has ceased to exist). And yet, I still come across a huge number of covers I love, and that I want to share with you – particularly as online portals continue to grow and our access to a number of editions, re-issues and brand swanking new copies grows with it.

Which ties into this constant conversation at my workplace, and with my friends – is print dead? Is there ever going to be a role for it again? I was discussing with my girlfriend my want for a Jane Austen-themed book shop in Australia, and how I wanted to start one. Perhaps in retirement (anything more typical?). I really believe that when it comes to books there’s still something romantic about the feel of the paper, the material of the cover (I have certain types ofpaper stock I can’t help but touch when I see them on a book) and, when secondhand, the discovery of someone else’s notations halfway through the story. In saying that, it’s the story that matters and no matter how pretty the binding, if the content is crap, we’ll never want it. For this reason, I’ve never been against eReaders (I have a Kindle… somewhere… and an iPad, which is now my constant companion for all things reading related), and I understand why they’re a practical consideration. But I do think the design of eBooks needs to be stepped up – just because you don’t see the ‘cover’ of the eBook as often, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be gorgeous! I’m happy to say that in the list below, some of the versions are eReader covers – it’s good to see nice design in the digital format picking up a bit more.

But enough of my rambling… on with the list! Continue reading

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Book review and author Q&A: Jane Austen Junkie

‘A compilation of over 600 books and 50 movies inspired by Jane Austen’ – Jane Austen Junkie: Get Your Fix!

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When it comes to things I like in life as much as I love Elizabeth Bennet, I’d put very few things on the list. But one item I’d happily add, is a good list itself. The pure act of listing things relaxes me – I write one every morning at work to simplify the rest of my day into something manageable. I also love to read lists. In fact, as a child I was once found “reading the thesaurus” – in actual fact I was reading little jump out boxes that had lists of related words in them on different topics, such as ‘pirates’ and ‘fabrics’. I never was a normal child. So when a book came along that combined my love of Jane Austen with my love of lists, I was ecstatic. Continue reading

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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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Top things that (almost) ruin Pride and Prejudice

There aren’t many things that deter me from my favourite book.  In fact, I can honestly say that most allusions to it make me fall even more deeply in love with the piece.  But, occasionally, I come across something that puts me in physical (okay maybe mental/emotional/spiritual but oh well) pain.  I’ve collected a few of these examples to express my anguish and to ask you… am I overreacting?  Are these things actually bad, fantasy destroying ventures or am I losing my mind?  Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as too much?

You know you’ve read too much Pride and Prejudice when…

Is there such a thing as too much P&P?  Is it possible to be so sucked in to the novel that you will date no one but Mr. Darcy, thus ruining your chances of ever achieving romantic happiness?  I really doubt it is, however just in case this is, actually, true I’ve compiled some of the warning signs for you.  Continue reading

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