Those of you who are fans of Austenprose know how much I enjoy Jane Austen’s lively, burlesque comedy, Northanger Abbey. In 2008 I hosted a month-long event here called, Go Gothic with Northanger Abbey, where we read the novel and explored its history, characters, locations, and legacy. I am a big #TeamTilney fan.
Sadly, there are not many Northanger Abbey-inspired novels in print. Margaret Sullivan, who is also a great admirer of Austen’s lesser-known work, wrote There Must Be Murder in 2010. There is also Henry Tilney’s Diary, by Amanda Grange, and Searching for Mr. Tilney, by Jane Odiwe, and a few others.
Imagine my delight when I discovered that Diana Birchall was publishing a Northanger Abbey continuation, The Bride of Northanger and that her new novel was going on a celebratory book release tour across the blogosphere, just in time for the Halloween reading season!
Here is information on the book, and the tour.
A happier heroine than Catherine Morland does not exist in England, for she is about to marry her beloved, the handsome, witty Henry Tilney. The night before the wedding, Henry reluctantly tells Catherine and her horrified parents a secret he has dreaded to share – that there is a terrible curse on his family and their home, Northanger Abbey. Henry is a clergyman, educated and rational, and after her year’s engagement Catherine is no longer the silly young girl who delighted in reading “horrid novels”; she has improved in both reading and rationality. This sensible young couple cannot believe curses are real…until a murder at the Abbey triggers events as horrid and Gothic as Jane Austen ever parodied – events that shake the young Tilneys’ certainties, but never their love for each other…
- “Diana Birchall once again proves herself the worthiest of Austenesque fiction writers, with keen powers of observation, discernment, judgment, fire, genius, and wit on every page.”— Devoney Looser, author of The Making of Jane Austen
- “No one captures Jane Austen’s vibrant style, sense of humor, intelligence, and voice better than Diana Birchall. I flew through this charming novel, which makes a delightfully spooky and most welcome sequel to Northanger Abbey.”— Syrie James, author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen
- “One of the most enjoyable returns to Austen to be found. Not to be missed.”— Susan Franzblau, author and film director
Diana Birchall worked for many years at Warner Bros studios as a story analyst, reading novels to see if they would make movies. Reading manuscripts went side by side with a restorative and sanity-preserving life in Jane Austen studies and resulted in her writing Austenesque fiction both as homage and attempted investigation of the secrets of Jane Austen’s style. She is the author of In Defense of Mrs. Elton, Mrs. Elton in America, Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma, and the new The Bride of Northanger. She has written hundreds of Austenesque short stories and plays, as well as a biography of her novelist grandmother, and has lectured on her books and staged play readings at places as diverse as Hollywood, Brooklyn, Montreal, Chawton House Library, Alaska, and Yale. Visit Diana at her Austen Variations author page, follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.
The doyenne of Austenesque fiction, Diana Birchall, tours the blogosphere October 28 through November 15, 2019, to share her latest release, The Bride of Northanger. Thirty popular bloggers specializing in historical and Austenesque fiction will feature guest blogs, interviews, excerpts, and book reviews of this acclaimed continuation of Jane Austen’s Gothic parody, Northanger Abbey.
- October 28 My Jane Austen Book Club (Interview)
- October 28 Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)
- October 28 vvb32 Reads (Spotlight)
- October 29 A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide of Life (Guest Blog)
- October 29 From Pemberley to Milton (Excerpt)
- October 30 Drunk Austen (Interview)
- October 30 Silver Petticoat Review (Excerpt)
- October 31 Jane Austen’s World (Review)
- November 01 So Little Time… (Interview)
- November 01 Laura’s Reviews (Review)
- November 04 English Historical Fiction Authors (Guest Blog)
- November 04 Confessions of a Book Addict (Spotlight)
- November 05 More Agreeably Engaged (Review)
- November 05 Vesper’s Place (Review)
- November 06 Jane Austen in Vermont (Interview)
- November 06 Diary of an Eccentric (Interview)
- November 07 All Things Austen (Spotlight)
- November 07 A Bookish Way of Life (Review)
- November 07 Let Them Read Books (Excerpt)
- November 08 Babblings of a Bookworm (Review)
- November 08 vvb32 Reads (Review)
- November 11 My Jane Austen Book Club (Review)
- November 11 Reading the Past (Spotlight)
- November 12 Jane Austen’s World (Interview)
- November 12 The Calico Critic (Excerpt)
- November 13 The Book Rat (Review)
- November 13 Austenesque Reviews (Review)
- November 14 Fangs, Wands, & Fairy Dust (Review)
- November 14 The Fiction Addiction (Review)
- November 15 My Love for Jane Austen (Spotlight)
- November 15 Scuffed Slippers and Wormy Books (Review)
I hope you can join in the fun. Austenprose will be hosting the tour on Monday, October 28th with a review. You can follow the tour on Twitter and Facebook by using hashtag #BrideofNorthanger.
The Bride of Northanger: A Jane Austen Variation, by Diana Birchall
White Soup Press (2019)
Trade paperback & eBook (230) pages
ISBN: ISBN: 978-0981654300
Cover image courtesy of White Soup Press © 2019; text Laurel Ann Nattress © 2019, Austenprose.com