Not sure if it needs a whole blog post to say it, but Cake and Courtship is now also available in paperback. This is what it looks like (sherry, cake and orchid not included): I'll be taking the book and Mr Bennet out on a tour of the book … [Read more...] about Ooohhh…paper!
On Valentine's Day, a quote from the "Rector of Romance," Mr William Collins. Who could resist a proposal put with such fierce emotion? … [Read more...] about Valentine’s Day with Mr Collins
It's fair to say that Mr Darcy sits atop the pile of Jane Austen's male characters, despite the valiant efforts of Henry Tilney (boosted by his understanding of muslins). But it's not a subject I have given much thought to. But I was asked … [Read more...] about Ranking Jane Austen’s “heroines”: a Top 5
'Tis the time of year when I go offline to channel my inner Mr Bennet - drink wine, read books and make sarcastic comments to visiting relatives. But before doing so, I wanted to extend season's greetings and wish you the very best for the coming … [Read more...] about Happy Holidays, 1978 and 2018
So the challenge was to retell "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens in the form of an email inbox. This is the result. As always, start at the bottom... Never read much Dickens, and was surprised at the humour. Echoes of Terry Pratchett … [Read more...] about Scrooge’s emails
Mallory Ortberg has a brilliant take on a similar question, written from a largely female point of view. So I wondered, how might a man tell if he's living in a Jane Austen novel? You once proposed to a woman and it did not go as well as … [Read more...] about Are you a male character in a Jane Austen novel?