From prize-winning historical novelist Louise Allen, this book presents eight walks through both the London Jane Austen knew and the London of her novels! Follow in Jane's footsteps to her publisher's doorstep and the Prince Regent's vanished palace, see where she stayed when she was correcting proofs of Sense and Sensibility and accompany her on a shopping expedition - and afterwards to the theatre. In modern London the walker can still visit the church where Lydia Bennett married Wickham, stroll with Elinor Dashwood in Kensington Palace Gardens or imagine they follow Jane's naval officer brothers as they stride down Whitehall to the Admiralty. From well-known landmarks to hidden corners, these walks reveal a lost London that can still come alive in vivid detail for the curious visitor, who will discover eighteenth-century chop houses, elegant squares, sinister prisons, bustling city streets and exclusive gentlemen's clubs amongst innumerable other Austen-esque delights.
Channeling Mr Darcy himself – before he’s mellowed by contact with Elizabeth Bennet– this July
publication by Old House takes a satirical journey into the mind of this archetypical alpha male suitor. Full of unapologetic pride and meticulously cultivated prejudice, it reveals Mr Darcy’s secrets of seduction, giving advice to both ladies and gentlemen on the rules of courtship – advice that is delightfully amusing and generally awful!
Yesterday I had a lovely afternoon at Keats's House in Hampstead. I went to see Austentation play in the Keats Festival 2013 - it was lovely to meet them all! They played a selection of songs and music that Jane Austen would have known and enjoyed - it was lovely to hear so many favourites.
Frank Underwood and Angela Mayorga
Austentation at Keats's House