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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: What Would Jane Austen Do?

by Laurie Brown

This is a dazzling 2009¬†version of a “Janeite heads to the past” type storyline. Downloaded for free onto my Kindle on Jane Austen’s birthday, while it took me a while to get around reading it… when I did I was gripped. Packed with historical nuances, detailed comments about the fashion of the time and some raunchy Regency sex (pulled off semi-tastefully, although it did surprise me a little when I first stumbled out of “cute dancing in a ball” chapters and before I even noticed I’m reading “certain-dashing-heroes cutting open beautiful-eligible-female’s corset with knife”)¬† it’s not one to be missed. Continue reading

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