Wednesday, July 29, 2009

101 Things You Didn't Know About Jane Austen

Author: Patrice Hannon, PH.D.
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Adams Media (January 19, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1598692844

Product Description:

Sure, we've read the novels, but what do we really know about Jane Austen herself...Who was the Irishman who stole her heart? Why was their affair doomed? Which Austen heroine most resembled Jane herself? Who were the real Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy? In "101 Things You Didn't Know about Jane Austen", readers learn the answers to these fascinating questions and much, much more. As evidenced by the ongoing spate of Austen-inspired films and novels - from the most recent remake of "Pride and Prejudice" starring Keira Knightly to the bestselling novel "The Jane Austen Club" - fans of this celebrated novelist can never get enough Jane Austen. Written in an engaging, easy-to-read format, this lively guide to all things Austen is sure to please romantics everywhere - and just in time for "Becoming Jane", the new film about Jane's own star-crossed love life!

About the Author:

Patrice Hannon, Ph.D. (New York, NY), received her doctorate in English literature from Rutgers University. She is the author of Dear Jane Austen: A Heroine's Guide to Life and Love. Among her publications on British literature is "Austen Novels and Austen Films: Incompatible Worlds?", which appeared in Persuasions: The Journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She has taught Austen's novels to hundreds of students at several colleges.

My Review:

I'm a fan of Jane Austen and can't seem to get enough books and movies associated with her. I have several books on her life and the times in which she lived. Each one has its own unique quality and information. "101 Things You Didn't know About Jane Austen" did not dissappoint me. It's a little treasure book of Austen facts.
Just to give you an idea of what you will find in this book, here are a few of the many chapters which are included:

*Bloodline of a genius

*Jane's education

*The other writer in the Austen family

*What did Jane really look like?

*Was Jane Austen a snob?

*Love at first sight

*What do Austen's novels say about beauty?

*What killed Jane Austen?

This little book is compact and easily carried along on a walk or a trip. I have enjoyed my copy and keep it in my purse for those little quiet times alone.

Monday, July 27, 2009


The winner of The Jane Austen Handbook is robin titan. Congratulations!! Please send your mailing address to within 48 hours, otherwise another name will be drawn.

Thanks to everyone who entered. I'll have another contest soon.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Book Giveaway

One copy of The Jane Austen Handbook (see photo below) will be given away, by drawing, on July 27th. The rules are as follows:

*1 entry-Leave a comment telling which Jane Austen book is your favorite.
*2 entries- If you are now, or if you become a follower of this blog (Everything Victorian). Please let me know if you are already a follower.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Jane Austen Handbook

Author: Margaret C. Sullivan
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (April 19, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594741719

Have you ever dreamed about living in Jane Austen's world and wondered what she might do under certain circumstances? How to dress? How to pay a morning call? How to attend a ball? How to run a house? How to throw a dinner party?

Well, now there's a darling little book called,"The Jane Austen Handbook, A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World" by Margaret C. Sullivan. It is absolutely the cutest little thing and just full of Victorian information, all 224 pages.

I can't even begin to tell you all the information that's in this very sweet and pretty book. There's just too much to mention. But I do highly recommend it to all Austen fans. It's a book you should not be without if you want to really understand her works and life.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give this little jewel a 10+. If you are thinking about buying it, don't hesitate! You will be thrilled!