Jane Austen fans around the world are rejoicing to hear that she will grace the new £10 banknote, to be released in 2017. (And if they’re like me, they just might see the event as an excuse to plan a trip to England to get their hands on one.) But the event isn’t without its irony, apropos for a writer who wielded that particular literary technique the way one of her favorite naval officers might use his sword. Continue reading »
For me, a good book is a luxury, something to be savored, something that in its own right feels like a vacation. This is one of those books, one of the best I’ve read in a long time.
I wasn’t going to pick this up. (And I’m late doing so. It’s been out for four years.) The title (Potato Peel Pie Society?) made me think this was one of those southern, Ya-Ya Sisterhood kind of books, and for some reason, I’m not a lover of southern fiction. When my sister-in-law recommended it as this wonderful book written all in letters, I looked at it again, and realized, DUH… it takes place on the island of Guernsey, in the English Channel, during and after World War II. Sign me up! Continue reading »
Just posted this over at AustenQuotes, but wanted to share here, too. For all the Matthew Macfadyen fans out there.
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Okay, people, it’s gone too far.
Apparently, this is a counting book. As in, “2 rich gentlemen, 3 houses, 4 marriage proposals.” The same company also does Jane Eyre and Romeo & Juliet for toddlers. (How does Romeo & Juliet end? “2 suicides”? Ack! Not for toddlers!)
Am I crazy? Because the book seems to be selling well on Amazon, so apparently lots of people love the idea.
Thanks to my friend Catherine for sending me this.
Did you know? Jane Austen was self-published. Yes! Can you imagine? Jane Austen — one of our Best Writers Ever — could not get a publisher to take a chance on her. And not just for her first book. Three of the four books published during her lifetime were self-published. (I must thank Juliette Wells for drawing my attention to this in a conversation we had a couple years ago.)
Of course, writers love hearing stories like this, because if you’re having trouble getting a publishing house to take you on, it makes you feel like maybe you aren’t the problem. Maybe you really are an unrecognized genius who will go down in the annals of history as having permanently changed the course of the novel and your works will enlighten readers for hundreds of years to come. The publishers are wrong about you, just like they were wrong about Austen. Continue reading »