REVIEW: Captain Wentworth's Diary by Amanda Grange

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When one feels that one’s support of Jane Austen paraliterature is a hopeless business as the genre has become a quagmire of revolting twaddle written by people who think Jane Austen was a sweet little spinster penning pretty romances, it is a real relief to be reminded why we still bother. There are some gems…

REVIEW: Mr. Knightley's Diary by Amanda Grange

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The Editrix’s affection for the Rev. Mr. Henry Tilney is well-documented, but we must confess to an occasional fling with Mr. Knightley of Donwell Abbey (and have been known to sit adoringly at Captain Wentworth’s knee whilst he tells sea-stories, but that is neither here nor there). Conceive our delight, then, when we were informed…

Amanda Grange explains it all for us

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Ha ha! Alert Janeite Marinell sent us a rather hilarious link to an entry in All About Romance’s Purple Prose contest by Amanda Grange (the author of Darcy’s Diary) in which Jane Austen pitches Pride and Prejudice to a modern romance novel publisher. ‘Yes, yes, at the end of the book,’ he said impatiently,’ but…

REVIEW: Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange

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Writing a story in the first person is the purest form of character study. The writer does not even have the comfort of authorial omniscience to fall back upon; she must soldier on with telling the story despite her protagonist’s personal quirks (such as pride and vanity) through which the events of the story must…

Friday Bookblogging: Summer Reading Edition

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Welcome to another edition of Friday Bookblogging, in which we round up news about books by, about, or inspired by Jane Austen and her work. First we have something fun: a book trailer for Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler. For those eagerly awaiting Darcy of the Undead, we received…

A True Intellectual

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Speaking of backstory, Amanda Grange (author of the delightful series of hero diaries) took a diversion from the heroes and gave us a glimpse into Miss Mary Bennet’s private journal of elegant extracts. Monday 13th January We dined with the Lucases this evening. Sir William happened to mention that Charlotte had been blessed with her…