25 Jane Austen-inspired Holiday Gifts for the Janeite in Your Life

 Jane Austen Christmas Card by Amanda White 2014

 Jane Austen Christmas Card by Amanda White Art on Etsy

Tis the season to shop and give and keep! Here is my annual Jane Austen wish list for Janeites. Enjoy!


  I's Rather be at Pemberley Mug x 250     Jane Austen Tattoos x 250

1. I’d Rather be at Pemberley Mug

I cannot think of a better way to start your day than with your very own Pemberley mug, can you?

2. Jane Austen Tattoos, by Accoutrements

A “nice” alternative to permanent ink.

   Jane Austen Action Figure x 250               Jane Austen Christmas Tree Ornament x 418 Continue reading

Hot off the Presses! ~ Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine No. 69

The new issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World is out, via Deb at Jane Austen in Vermont.

Jane Austen in Vermont

The May/June 2014 issue (No. 69) of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine is published and is being mailed to subscribers this week.

In it you can read about:

•An exclusive interview with Deirdre Le Faye, doyenne of the Austen world, about her career as a Janeite and her new book


[Note: Le Faye’s new book, Jane Austen’s Country Life: Uncovering the Rural Backdrop to her Life, Her Letters and Her Novels, is due out June 1, 2014 from Frances Lincoln]

Belle, the new film about Lord Mansfield’s great-niece, is out soon

[Note: the film is released May 1, 2014; cover image is of Belle, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw; for more information and the trailer see http://www.foxsearchlight.com/Belle/ ]

•Could an eminent harpist have discovered Jane ‘s piano tuning key?

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•Glorious Godmersham: a visit to the home of Edward Austen Knight

•Adlestrop, the village that influenced both…

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Hot off the Presses!! ~ Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine, No. 68

The new issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World is “out”!

Jane Austen in Vermont


New issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World!

The March/April 2014 issue [No. 68] of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine is now published and will be mailed to subscribers this week.  In it you can read about:

  • William Beckford, the remarkable author and architect who led a somewhat sordid life
  • Joanna Trollope on her rewriting of Sense & Sensibility for HarperCollins’s Austen Project
  • Mary Russell Mitford, the writer who sought to emulate Jane Austen
  • How Jane Austen supported her fellow writers by subscribing to their books
  • The story of Julie Klassen, marketing assistant turned best-selling Regency romance novelist


Plus: News, Letters, Book Reviews and information from Jane Austen Societies in the US and the UK.

And: Test your knowledge with our exclusive Jane Austen quiz, and read about the shocking behaviour of our latest Regency Rogue

You should subscribe! Make sure that you are…

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Hot off the Press! ~ Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine No. 65

New issue of JARW via Deb at Jane Austen in Vermont.

Jane Austen in Vermont

New issue!


The September/October issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine is out now and will be mailed to subscribers this week. In it you can read about:

  • Northanger Abbey with strings: the Gothic puppet show that gripped the Edinburgh Festival and is heading to Bath and London
  • JASNA AGM preview: an exclusive look at September’s gathering in Minneapolis
  • The importance of being George: the new royal baby has a very Austen name
  • Trafalgar and Nelson: how the press reported the great Naval victory – plus Nelson’s funeral remembered
  • Remembering the Burneys: a new plaque in unveiled in memory of Fanny
  • Plus News, Letters, Book Reviews and information from Jane Austen Societies in the Netherlands, UK and Australia


To subscribe now click here: http://janeaustenmagazine.co.uk/subscribe/ – and make sure that you are among the first to read all the news from Jane Austen’s Regency World.

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Pride and Prejudice: A Rose by Any Other Name…

Image of the Pride and Prejudice rose by Harkness @ 2013 Harkness

As an avid gardener and Jane Austen enthusiast, I have been waiting patiently for this…a rose named after one of my favorite novels, Pride and Prejudice!

It was inevitable that some rose breeder would cash in on the Pride and Prejudice bicentenary. I am just surprised it took them so long to name a rose after one of the novels or characters created by my favorite author Jane Austen.

Huzzah! Just announced by Harkness, a specialist rose growers in the UK, Pride and Prejudice, a floribunda rose in pale peach. WOW! Here is the description: Continue reading

Jane Austen Stamps On Sale Today in the UK and Online

Jane Austen Stamps (2013)

The Royal Mail has released six new Jane Austen stamps today in honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice. Designed by artist Angela Barrett, they include illustrations of scenes from the six major novels: Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice as first-class stamps and Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion in other values, and can be purchased through the Royal Mail Shop online. My favorite is the illustration from Northanger Abbey which includes the ponderous chest so mysterious to heroine Catherine Morland.

There are several collectors sets to select from including a special Presentation Pack with additional text by author P.D. James and a First Day Cover pack where the special stamps are affixed to a cover featuring a Jane Austen signature and cancelled with a Steventon, Basingstoke postmark, chosen because it was the home of Jane Austen for many years.

Jane Austen Presentation Pack (2013)

The Royal Mail also announced that letters posted in Chawton in Hampshire, where Austen spent her last years, and Steventon, near Basingstoke, where she was born, will have a special postmark for a week, featuring the Pride and Prejudice quote “Do anything rather than marry without affection”. Continue reading

Giveaway Winners Announced for the Naxos Pride and Prejudice Alert Tone

Pride and Prejudice (Naxos AudioBooks), by Jane Austen, read by Emilia Fox (2005)23 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win one of six alert tones available from Pride and Prejudice by Naxos AudioBooks. The winners drawn at random are:

  • Danielle Sales who left a comment on February 08, 2013
  • Christina B. who left a comment on February 07, 2013
  • crindalyn who left a comment on February 07, 2013
  • Virginia Claire who left a message on February 13, 2013
  • kfield2 who left a comment on February 07, 2013
  • Felicia who left a comment on February 07, 2013

Congratulations ladies! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by February 20, 2013. I have several giveaways running, so please state which item you won. Shipment is by digital download.

Thanks to Naxos AudioBooks for the great idea of an alert tone for our cell phones and iPad’s and for the generous giveaway copies. I hope they will take our advice for other new alert tones from P&P!

© 2013 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Naxos AudioBooks Offers Giveaway of New Pride and Prejudice Alert Tone

Naxos AudioBooks Pride and Prejudice Ringtone (2013)

Last month I reviewed the Naxos Audiobooks edition of Pride and Prejudice, read by Emilia Fox. It is my favorite audio edition of Jane Austen’s classic novel. I was thrilled to learn that they have also created in honor of this year’s bicentenary of publication a clever alert tone for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch of a select section of the recording.

Wouldn’t it be totally cool and so chic to have actress Emilia Fox as Elizabeth Bennet saying, “It is your turn to say something now, Mr. Darcy.” when you receive a new email or text message on your electronic device? Well, now you can.

It is only accessible within the iTunes store on your iOS device. Once it is downloaded, you can set your new tone as your default tone or assign it to a Contact. Why not try it?

Gentle readers, please bear with this Luddite who does not own a cell phone, iPod or iPad. If I make a mistake in the description or process to purchase, please forgive me. My computer and NOOK are as a techie as I get.

Here are the instructions:

Available from:

Apple Mobile App Store (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)


You cannot purchase ringtones and alert tones from your computer, but you can purchase them using your iOS device with iOS 5 or later. You can purchase tones on iPad, iPhone (3GS or later), and iPod touch (4th generation or later).

To locate tones in iTunes on an iOS device:

  1. Tap the iTunes app.
  2. Tap Tones. If Tones is not visible, tap More > Tones.
  3. Browse for tones. Once you purchase a tone, a dialog is displayed. The dialog gives you an option to set your new tone as your default tone or assign it to a Contact.   If you don’t want to do anything with the tone just yet, simply tap Done.
  4. Tones purchased using your iOS devices are synced to your iTunes library when you connect your device to your computer. On an iPod touch or iPhone, you can find tones in Settings > Sounds. On an iPad, you can find tones in Settings > General > Sounds.

A Grand Giveaway

Naxos AudioBooks graphicNaxos Audiobooks has generously offered 6 alert tones of Elizabeth Bennet saying, “It’s your turn to say something now, Mr. Darcy.” available to Austenprose readers. You must have iOS device. Just leave a comment stating what quote from P&P you would like them to create next! It must be one sentence. The contest ends at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Winners will be announced on Thursday, February 14, 2013. They will receive an iTunes card to purchase their new Pride and Prejudice alert tone. Good luck!

2013 Naxos Audiobook, Austenprose

A Jane Austen Christmas to Everyone!

A Jane Austen Christmas card by David Price, All Port Editions (2012)

Wishing Janeites everywhere a very Merry Christmas.

I am sharing my Christmas card online this year. Appropriately, it is called A Jane Austen Christmas. It is by David Price. You can buy your very own boxed set from Allport Editions of Portland, Oregon.

Happy Holiday,

Laurel Ann

© 2012 David Price, Allport Editions

Huzzah! A new issue of JARW mag.

Jane Austen in Vermont


The January/February issue (No. 61) of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, marking the bicentenary of Pride & Prejudice, has just been published and is being mailed to subscribers over the holiday period.

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My Top Picks for Jane Austen-inspired Holiday Gifts for 2012

Happy Holidays Janeites!

Tis the season to go shopping, and Janeite family and friends always need suggestions to fill the reticules, stockings, and gifts under the tree for those whose special interest is everything Austen. I have several categories to select from – and I would happily be the recipient of any of these fabulous items!


Pride and Prejudice Playing Cards

Pride and Prejudice Playing Cards

DOWNLOAD INSTANTLY! Who wouldn’t want Mr. Darcy as King of Hearts, Mr. Collins as the Joker or all of the other memorable characters from Jane Austen’s classic novel filling the roles of King of Spades, Queen of Diamonds, Jack of Clubs and more???

From the talented Etsy artists Vectorian Designs, this delightful printable Pride and Prejudice playing cards: a full deck with 4 jokers. Printed out on card stock these make excellent gifts! The illustrations are from Hugh Thomson. (the editor in us wished they would spell Victorian correctly though…:-)

You get: 56 high quality (300 dpi) images (2.3″ x 3.3″) on eight 8.5″ x 11″ sheets for easy printing. Watermark will be removed. All the items are in jpg.

Special Offer to Austenprose readers: Receive a 20% off on all items in the Vectorian Designs Etsy shop until December 13, 2012 by using  discount code JANEAUSTEN20PERCENT applied in the Etsy checkout cart!

Pride and Prejudice poster  by Pemberley Pond 2012

Pride and Prejudice Poster

From the Pemberley Pond Shop at Etsy, by the wonderful Italian graphic artists Lalla and Luisa Lodetti, this colorful poster displays the names of the characters and the places from the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, collected in a clean modern graphic. Colors are red, blue grey and brown. Professionaly printed on thick ivory paper (170 gr). Measures approx. 12,60 x 18,10 inches (320 x 460 mm)


Emma: An Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen and edited by Bharat Tandon (2012

Emma: An Annotated Edition,

by Jane Austen, edited by Bharat Tandon

Eye candy for any Janeite, this new sumptuous annotated edition of Jane Austen’s last novel is sure to blow off any Janeite’s bonnet. Filled with hundreds of full color illustrations from the era, helpful notes and scholarly insights, every Jane Austen fan needs this to display with pride of place on their coffee table. Read my preview for more details. Several of my Janeite friends will open this for the holiday!

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)

Jane Austen Made Me Do It

edited by Laurel Ann Nattress

I am waving my own flag here, but, being prejudiced about my own book only displays my pride in the twenty-four authors who contributed Austen-inspired short stories to this new collection. Regency or contemporary, romantic or fantastical, each of these marvelous stories reaffirms the incomparable influence of one of history’s most cherished authors. Join the celebration in Austen’s legacy!

The Complete Novels Heritage Edition 2012The Complete Novels of Jane Austen:

Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Lady Susan (The Heirloom Collection), by Jane Austen,illustrated by Jacqui Oakley

This new illustrated, hardcover set includes five volumes of our Jane that this Janeite would love to get her mits on! This beautifully packaged set includes Austen’s six great masterpieces, along with Lady Susan, an epistolary novel. Each handsomely bound volume features charming four-color illustrations and gorgeous design elements throughout. Housed in an elegant slipcase with a magnetic closure, this collection is an essential addition to every Austen fan’s library. Embossed slipcase with magnetic closure & Five hardcover volumes each featuring a ribbon marker and four-color illustration throughout

Audio Books

Jane Austen: The Complete Novels (Naxos Audio) 2009

Jane Austen – The Complete Novels (Naxos Audiobooks)

Together for the first time, the complete and unabridged audio recordings of Jane Austen’s novels handsomely presented in a boxed set. Counting 69 CD’s and running over 83 hours, this is the Holy Grail of Austen audio book recording as only Naxos could present with superb readings by Juliet Stevenson, Emilia Fox, and Anna Bentinck. Included are Austen’s six major novels, the novella Lady Susan and her unfinished novels Sanditon and The Watsons. This is definitely the essential collector’s item. ‘Nuff said!


Pride and Prejudice (1995) restored (2010)

Pride and Prejudice 1995 (Restored)

Five hours and twenty three minutes a pure Janeite bliss re-mastered & restored from the 1995 classic A&E/BBC miniseries.

Few will challenge that this is the most reverent screen adaptation to Jane Austen’s masterpiece. Viewers reveled in British actors Jennifer Ehle’s pert and spirited Elizabeth Bennet and Colin Firth’s dripping with sex Mr. Darcy. The costumes, film location and cast places this production at the pinnacle of screen perfection for Jane Austen fans. I reviewed this edition when it was released in 2010 and still think it is Incomparable.  Blu-ray edition too!

Downton Abbey Season 2 DVD

Downton Abbey 2011 Season 2

Even though the hit mini-series Downton Abbey is set in the Edwardian-era, one hundred years after Jane Austen published Pride and Prejudice, who cares? Season 2 of this ultimate bonnet drama  takes us into the trenches of World War I and into the hearts of Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley, and others.

Janeites raved about this upstairs/downstairs drama full of characters and plot that Austen would have delighted in. If by some freak accident you missed this miniseries created by a joint production team of the UK’s ITV and the US’s PBS, both sides of the pond were glued to their television screens for nine hours that we will never forget. Buy it and gear up for season three that airs in the US on January 6, 2013. Need further details? Check out the Downton Abbey Season 3 website of this smash-hit series.


Jane Austens Regency World Mag No 60, 2012

Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine

The ultimate Austen indulgence, your Janeite friends and family members will huzzah when they receive an annual subscription to Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine which includes in depth articles on Jane Austen, her world and our modern interpretations. Highly collectable, Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine offers a great resource and enjoyment to all Austen fans. I proudly own a copy of the first issue!


Jane Austen Literary Charm Bracelet by Justbedesigns 2012

Jane Austen Literary Charm Bracelet

Jane Austen bling — oh YES! Here from the Etsy shop of Justbedesigns, are the beautiful designs of Bianca Fleischman, a girl from Queens who knows her jewelry.

Austen’s powers of subtle discrimination and shrewd perceptiveness is revealed in this stunning charm bracelet. There are 9 handmade cameos featuring portraits of pretty Jane herself. In addition to the cameos are charms of a a vintage hair comb, an umbrella, a teapot, a cameo a rhinestone heart charm and more. The bracelet measures 8 inches and can be altered.


Jane Austen Amiable Rancor 2013 Wall Calendar

Jane Austen’s Amiable Rancor 2013 Wall Calendar

The year would not be complete at Woodston Cottage without my copy of The Republic of Pemberley’s Amiable Rancor Wall Calendar. Filled with witty and acerbic Austen quotes, important dates, and beautiful Regency era fashion plate illustrations, any true Janeite would be tickled to hang this large, high-quality calendar in their home or office.

  • Each page measures 11″ x 17″, image measures 11″ x 11″
  • Full bleed dynamic color
  • 10pt heavyweight high gloss paper, wire-o bound
  • January 2013 – December 2013, US holidays marked


Bingleys Teas

Bingley’s Teas

There is nothing like a fine cup of tea to put you in a Jane Austen mood, and Bingley’s Teas, a specialty tea company, brings us a variety of tea blends inspired by Jane Austen’s characters. One of my favorite’s is  Marianne’s Wild Abandon:  A blend of lively green and black teas with colorful flowers and passionate fruits, throwing themselves together for a stimulating combination! This blend will surely entice you to run free and express your heart.

Toys & Games

Pride and Prejudice Trivia Game

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Trivia Game

Do you know your Pride and Prejudice facts and tidbits? Here’s your chance to challenge each other and test your knowledge of the classic book. With 300 trivia cards, including 8 bonus Jane Austen facts, you’ll determine without a doubt who can claim the title of Pride And Prejudice Champ!  Great for tea parties, girls’ night, book club meetings, etc.  For 2 or more players, ages 8 & up.


Three-Tier Regency Cakde Stand

Three-tier Cake Stand

“One can only keep in tolerable order by more cake than is good for them.” –Persuasion

WANT, WANT, WANT! What proper lady can live without a three-tier cake stand for her afternoon tea in the garden with friends? I CAN’T!

New from the Jane Austen Centre Giftshop, this very pretty  and practical three-tier Regency style cake stand, IS perfect for afternoon tea. This delightful mismatch of three cake plates with a gold colored stand is made from fine porcelain and metal. Part of the Regency Collection, which also includes a set of matching cake tins (very hard to find), tea cups and saucers, and a sugar and creamer! *SWOON*

Happy Holidays to all of my readers! I hope that Santa brings you a few items from my list!

© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose