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In need of Persuasion!

I was in need of a quick Persuasion fix this morning - and thought you'd enjoy the reminders below! My favourite adaptation is the 1995 film with Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root - I'd love to know which is your favourite and why!

Persuasion is a wonderful novel, and when I was lucky enough to be asked by Laurel Ann Nattress to contribute a short story to her anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, I knew I wanted to write a story inspired by Jane Austen's last book.

I'd always wanted to write about how Anne and Frederick Wentworth met, and I was able to indulge that fantasy in my story, Waiting. Here's a little taster:


A garden party at the rectory brought them together again. The curate liked providing opportunities for his parishioners to mingle, and besides, he’d observed the way his brother had been taken with Miss Elliot, hearing him drop her name more than once into the conversation. Anne made an early appearance to see if she could help, and to bring a basket of r…

Latest News on the Rice Portrait

There's a new article on the Rice portrait - see the website dedicated to the fascinating story behind this portrait. I was lucky enough to see this portrait for myself in Paris, and I can't wait to tell you about the exciting new evidence that has emerged in recent weeks. As it states in the article, new evidence, which has just come to light, will unambiguously give grounds for a reappraisal of the Ozias Humphry attribution, the date of the portrait and the identity of the sitter. 'Not previously scrutinised, the Emery Walker plates have produced significant corroboration of the view that we have propounded for a number of years. This new information will shortly be announced in the media, but we can now say that it is significant enough to bind together all the separate strands of evidence that make up our case.'

I shall reveal all as soon as I am given the go-ahead - in the meantime, keep checking the website for more news - see the link in the sidebar.