New Books in the pipeline news
The second book will have to be kept a complete secret just at the moment, as I'm always a little superstitious before a novel is finished and in the editing stage, but it's a little sidestep departure from the kind of book I normally do and I'm loving writing it.
It's always very exciting to be asked to give a talk, and in celebration of Jane Austen's life for the 200th anniversary next year I've been asked to appear at the Oldham Book Festival in April to talk about my books. There'll be more details later but I know they have some lovely plans in mind to hold a book signing, afternoon tea, and a film screening for the event. It feels particularly special to me, as one of my grandmothers came from Lancashire, and she was always so encouraging of my writing efforts as a young child. Her passion was for Georgette Heyer, and I was always intrigued by the beautiful covers with beautiful illustrations of Regency heroines, and dashing heroes. I hope to update with more news soon!
Last, but not least, I've been following Ellie Bennet's blog on Jane Austen portraits - her research is impeccable and her findings fascinating. Here's a taster of her latest blog, and a link so you can read the whole article.
“A mistake repeated more than once is a decision” Paulo Coelho
Is the Rice Portrait truly a portrait of a young Jane Austen?
It is a question which has been the subject of intense debate and disagreement between its supporters and detractors, a debate which has raged on for decades.
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