Holiday Austen Potpourri

Holiday Jane Austen stuff  (2011)

I am so behind in blogging, so here are the whirlwind highlights of what I have been doing at Woodston Cottage and in California these past two weeks…

My Trip to California

I left my snug cottage in Snohomish and flew to Los Angeles for a quick Jane Austen-inspired long weekend. On Friday, author Syrie James and her husband Bill picked me up at LAX airport and whisked me off to a screening at the Writer’s Guild Theater in Beverly Hills for a viewing of Twilight: Breaking Dawn. (is Edward really the new Darcy?). Inquiring Janeites would like to know!

Mr. Darcy or Edward Cullen?Darcy vs. Cullen?

On Saturday we attended the Jane Austen Society of North America – Southwest Chapter’s Winter Symposium at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Four of my authors from Jane Austen Made Me Do It were in attendance: Syrie James, Diana Birchall, Laurie Viera Rigler and Brenna Aubrey.

We signed copies in between speakers and three of the ladies read excerpts from the anthology during lunch. The symposium was one of, if not the best run, events I have every attended. Beautiful historic building with amazing California plein air art, gourmet luncheon of prime rib and poached pears, and three fabulous speakers: Dr. Cheryl Kinney spoke on “A Dangerous Indulgence: Women’s Health in Jane Austen’s Time;” Arnie Perlstein spoke on “Concealed Pregnancies in Jane Austen’s Novels;” and Walter Nelson spoke on “Quackery, Snake Oil & Flim Flam Medicine.” Before lunch there was a wonderful toast to honor Jane Austen’s birthday cheered by all with mulled wine. What a fabulous event. Many thanks to JASNA – SW RC Nancy Gallagher and her team of organizers for graciously including me and Jane Austen Made Me Do It in your wonderful day in honor of Jane.

Yvonne Yao Jeweler Jeweler Yvonne Yao

Next we were off for a brief visit to a local craft show to meet Syrie’s daughter-in-law Yvonne Yao who is a talented handcrafted jewelry designer.  I was tempted — and succumbed. Who can resist beautiful bling?

Union Station, Los AngelesUnion Station interior

Then we were off to rejoin the event speakers and anthology authors from the JASNA event that day at dinner in the historical Los Angeles Union Station. Wow! Of course I had to tell the family story of how my father left Union Station in 1944 to go off to WWII. He almost missed his train because he was in the bathroom shooting craps! My dad always lived on the edge and fondly told that story.

A Day at The Huntington

Syrie and Bill James at the Huntington Library & GardensSyrie and Bill James

The Huntington Library and Gardens Rose GardenThe Rose Garden

Japanese Garden at the Huntington Gardens and LibraryThe Japanese Garden

Sunday saw us journeying to the happiest place in my Janeite world. The Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino. When I lived in California, I visited it frequently, but had not been there in over ten years. We were lucky to get in. The Pasadena area had been hard hit by a powerful and dangerous wind storm and the roads to the Huntington were littered with downed trees and debris. They had closed the grounds for two days to try to clean up.

Huntington Garden ancient live oak blow over after wind stormAncient California Live Oak blown over

There were still branches everywhere, paths blocked and huge live oak trees totally uprooted. That of course did not stop us. The weather was beautiful and clear (huzzah) and we walked the sumptuous gardens. I saw the new Chinese Gardens and many new building that they have added in the last few years.

Pagoda at the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library and GardensThe Chinese Garden

The Tea Garden at the Huntington Library and GardensThe Tea Rooms

The highlight of the day was a high tea in the Tea Rooms followed by tour through the Art Gallery which includes the Thornton picture gallery and the rest of the palatial manor house. The art collection contains some of the most fabulous Georgian and Regency era portraits anywhere. I of course visited my two favorites:

Lady Emma Hamilton by George Romney

Lady Emma Hamilton, by George Romney

Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse by Josiah Reynolds

and Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse by Joshua Reynolds.

Both ladies were great beauties of their generation and infamous for entirely different reasons. Lady Hamilton was Admiral Nelson’s mistress, which scandalized Britain, and Sarah Siddons, the most famous dramatic actress of her day. Jane Austen wanted to see in London but missed the chance.

Art Gallery at the Huntington Library Dec 2011 Art Gallery

The Huntington is renown for it’s incredible library of books, including a Gutenberg bible, and first editions of all of Jane Austen’s novels. Scholars come to visit and study its numerous and unique selection, all locked up in the rare collection room. In the main house there is also a small library of twentieth-century editions that I always enjoyed skimming through in the past. All the classic are there, including a Chawton edition of Jane Austen’s Novels. Syrie’s eyes lit up when I mentioned that I always searched for them every time I visited the Huntington. It had become a ritual for her too. As we oohed and aahed over the leather bound volumes, a kind gentleman with a great camera took this shot for us and emailed it to me. The binding is much bluer in person, but it is great to have the image and know that Syrie and I, two ladies passionate about Jane Austen, had admire them so independently of one another until this day! Ironically, the set is next to an edition of The Brothers. Do any other Janeites see the humor in these two authors paired together? The first person to know the answer, and leave a comment, wins a signed copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It! (shipment Internationally)

Chawton Edition of Jane Austen at the Huntington LibraryChawton Edition of the Novels of Jane Austen

Of course the day would not be complete without a trip to the gift shop, one of the best museum shops I have ever been to. I purchased some treasures: Jane Austen magnets which I featured in my recent Austen-inspired holiday gift selections, beautiful tree ornaments of pie slices, candy and gingerbread houses and a hat! Syrie and I enjoyed the special Jane Austen section which featured her novel The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen and Margaret Sullivan’s Jane Austen Handbook. Monday I traveled to San Clemente to visit my sister and mother and then Tuesday I flew home. My cat Herman was VERY happy to see me after being looked after by family. It’s so nice to be missed! ;-)

Home at Woodston Cottage

Jane Austen attends the JASNA - PS Dec meetingJane attends the JASNA – Puget Sound birthday party!

Since I returned home, I have been trying to catch up on email and blogging — and the holidays. I attended my own Puget Sound Chapter of JASNA’s birthday celebration of Jane Austen birthday last Sunday.

Guest speaker, novelist and puppeteer Mary Robinette Kowal from Portland, discussed the challenges of writing a Jane Austen-inspired Regency era novel. Her highly acclaimed Shades of Milk and Honey was embraced by Jane Austen fans as very Austenesque in style and language. She discussed the evolution of language since Jane Austen day and its challenge to modern writers. Determined to get it right, Mary had used a database of words from Jane Austen’s novels and letters in an attempt to check certain words against her new novel, Glamour in Glass, that releases in April. I had a chance to chat with her after her talk and mentioned that she might find the Austen Thesaurus helpful. She was not aware of it – and if you are not either – you can put any word in and it will pull comparable words that Jane Austen used. It’s called Write Like Jane Austen – and they are not kidding.

Charlene Kern with Jane Newly elected Regional Coordinator Charlene Kern with a friend

The JASNA – PS celebration was very festive with toast to Jane by Debra Alderman, pictures with Jane, and a food spread that Jane would definitely have approved of. It was great to see my chapter friends Marian LaBeck, James Nagle & Julie A. A very enjoyable day was had celebrating our favorite author’s birthday.

Jane Austen Birthday Soiree 2011

The Jane Austen birthday celebration is building for Friday, December 16th, an all day long birthday bash by 32 bloggers. Don’t miss out of the blog hop with each of the participants writing a post in honor of Jane, and giveaways galore.

Austenprose's Jane Austen birthday giveaways 2011

Austenprose’ birthday swag

I will be joining the festivities with a discussion of the new Fourth Edition of Jane Austen’s Letters and a giveaway of Austen-inspired note cards by Jennifer Shaphren, designer of Jenny Did it!, a copy of Jane Austen Letters (third edition) and a signed copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It. It should be a very busy day on Friday hopping around the blogosphere and leaving comments on all the blogs to qualify for the giveaways.

Laurel Ann's Infamous Golden Fruitcake the fruit cake

Lastly, yes, I am almost finished. The holiday decorating continues at Woodston Cottage. I am decking the halls with wreaths, garland, candles, poinsettia’s and fruit cake. I talked about my famous golden fruitcake last year. It’s not that sticky, gooey, candied fruitcake that people joke about being shipped around the world ten times. This is made with dried fruit soaked in bourbon. It is a knockout and tastes fabulous. May I brag about it some more? It takes two weeks to make, and no time at all to consume! Here are few slices showing how the fruit and nuts make it so showy! I am now qualified to be called the fruitcake lady.

Slices of Laurel Ann's Infamous Golden Fruitcake the proof is in the pudding

Also on my dinning table are two new arrivals: Downton Abbey season two screener from my friends at Masterpiece Classic PBS (happy dance), and an advance readers copy of Forbidden, by Syrie James and Ryan M. James. She co-wrote it with her son Ryan and it is one of the most highly anticipated teen novels of the season. My reviewer Christina can’t wait to get her mits on it.

Phew. I did it! So much news that just needed to get told. Please check back on Friday for Jane’s birthday bash. It shall be an incredible day for Janeites!


Laurel Ann

Woodston Cottage

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

My Top Picks for Jane Austen-inspired Holiday Gifts for 2011

Winter at Pemberley note card by Paula Wendy

Note card: Winter at Pemberley with Elizabeth, by Wendy Paul

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!


Persuasion: An Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen, edited by Robert Morrison (2011

Persuasion: An Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen, edited by Robert Morrison

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 full review 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!

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 (PBS) DVD (2011)

Downton Abbey 2010 Season 1

Not Regency by a hundred years, but who cares? It is the ultimate bonnet drama that any Jane Austen fan would swoon over! Find out what a weekend is to an Edwardian Lady who does not have a clue about the working class, and why those pesky entails so prevalent in Jane Austen novels, still matter in 1912 England.

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 where glued to their television screens for six hours that we will never forget. Buy it and gear up for season two that airs in the US in January 2012. Need further details? Check out my preview of this smash-hit series.


Jane Austen quote magnets set by Museum Store Products, Inc

Jane Austen Quote Magnet Set

What better to don your refrigerator than Jane Austen’s witty and acerbic prose? My fridge never looked so stylish and spoke so eloquently before! I purchased this set of 18 magnets recently on my trip to California at The Huntington Library and Gardens gift shop. You can have your own set by purchasing them online. Which one is my favorite? Why, Catherine Morland’s famous line from Northanger Abbey, “I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.” Many other pert and profound quotes from our favorite Austen novels are included.

Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine No Dec 2011

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!


Mr Darcy jewelry by HoolalaMr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice Saucy Riding Boots Locket Charm Necklace

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy….sigh…..he is an archetype of the aloof romantic hero, and of course the romantic interest of Elizabeth Bennet from the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I am sure any young lady (or older) imagining him in white breeches, leather riding boots and a heaving steed between his legs would come over all peculiar, perhaps even swooning, only to be revived by smelling salts….

Handmade by Hoolala, this necklace is designed for hopeless romantics everywhere. The silver plated locket measures 35mm x 23mm and the chain measures 62cms. The necklace will arrive gift wrapped and ready for gift giving (or keeping ;).


Jane Austen Amiable Rancor 2012 Wall Calendar

Jane Austen’s Amiable Rancor 2012 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 2012 – December 2012, US holidays marked


Mariann's Wild Abandon Tea, by Bingley's Tea

Marianne’s Wild Abandon Tea

From Bingley’s Teas, a specialty tea blended to bring out the sensibility in us all. A blend of lively green and black teas with colorful flowers and passionate fruits that throw themselves together for a passionate combination! Candied fruits along with the vibrant flowers in this blend will entice you to run free and seek your heart’s desire.


The Austen Games

The Austen Games

This is the mystery gift suggestion of the season, cuz, the designers have been chatting about its development on Twitter for months, but darn if their website tells us anything. I believe it is a new role playing game, and all the details will be revealed on December 16, 2011, in honor of Jane Austen’s birthday. Developed by Adam Spunberg (Jane Austen Twitter Project) and my crack Austenprose reviewer Kimberly Denny-Ryder, this highly anticipated collaborative project has involved dozens of Janeites and should be quite intriguing, if not addictive!


Tea for One from the Jane Austen Centre Giftshop

Blue and White Porcelain Tea for One

Any of my friends and family will know that I adore blue and white pottery, so this beautiful rose design, three piece, tea for one set really feeds my need for British porcelain.  Janeites can brew one large cup of tea to enjoy while reading your favorite Austen novel or viewing a movie adaptation. Available from the Pemberley Collection online by the wonderful folks at the Jane Austen Centre Giftshop.

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

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Naxos Audiobooks Collection of Jane Austen 25% Off

Naxos Audiobooks UK Sale Banner

UK readers will be pleased to discover that the entire Jane Austen collection by Naxos Audiobooks is 25% off online until January 31, 2012 at

I adore this collection, many of which are narrated by the Incomparable Juliet Stevenson! That’s the entire Jane Austen collection, all six major novel and her minor works – and the complete collection – so make haste while the discount lasts.

Many thanks to faithful reader Tom Brown of Naxos (who admits to being an Austen nut) for alerting me to these great savings for UK residents.


Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine Nov/Dec 2011 Preview

Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine No 54 Nov/Dec (2011)Hot off the presses is the November/December 2011 (No 54) edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, the ultimate Austen reading indulgence. Here are the featured articles!

  • Stunning pictures from the Jane Austen Festival in Bath
  • Review of P&P: The Musical live from its staging in New York
  • Reports from JASNA’s AGM in Fort Worth, Texas
  • The Night Before Christmas: Georgian literature from the US
  • Choose the perfect seasonal gift for the Austen fan in your life
  • A new series of the Georgian courtroom drama Garrow’s Law
  • Do the men in Sense & Sensibility disappoint?

‘I sexed-up P&P’

Andrew Davies at the JASNA conference in Fort Worth, Texas

The man who made the famous Colin Firth adaptation of Pride & Prejudice told the Jane Austen Society of North America’s annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas, how he “looked for opportunities to get the characters out of their clothes whenever possible”. Read the full report in the new issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine – out this week

Plus all the latest Jane Austen news, reviews, reports from JAS and JASNA, quiz and competition.

Need a seasonal gift?

A subscription to Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine is the perfect gift for friends and family who enjoy Jane Austen. To subscribe simply click here and have your gift mailed six times a year from Bath, England

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Mailbox Monday: The Elusive Jane Austen Bobble-head

Jane Austen bobble-headFor years I seriously thought that the Jane Austen bobble-head was a Janeite myth. I had never seen one in person, only “read” about them in my online travels. I once saw one listed in an eBay auction that went for an exorbitant final bid. Who would pay that much for a toy???

It became my Jane Austen Holy Grail. The ultimate Jane Austen accessory to add to my collection. I had to have it, so I patiently waited and watched and won one last week on eBay. She arrive in my mailbox today! Myth busted – and she is quite fetching indeed.

So who made this charming figure and why are they not available for sale? Further research on the Internet revealed that Greenwood Publishing Group gave them away at the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) annual conference to publicize their mammoth edition of “All Things Austen” in 2005.

Now they can only be obtained second hand. The problem was, who the heck would want to give one up? Who indeed? Of all literary fans Janeites are quite passionate about their obsession.

So how did this beauty come to my attention? One advantage to having a blog about Jane Austen is that you can gush about her and her incredible mega-star-pop-culture status and people don’t think you’re nuts (well, only a little). I once listed the Jane Austen bobble-head on my Janeite Santa wish-list. It only took three years and six months for Santa to come through. (glad to know he is not entirely deaf to my whims) The seller actually alerted me to the auction and I was the winning bidder. Huzzah!

Jane now occupies a place of honor on my bookshelf right next to my complete set of Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen! *gloat*

Cheers, Laurel Ann

Jane Austen Centre Online Giftshop Website Re-Launch

Jane Austen Centre online Giftshop

Becca Hemmings, manager of the Jane Austen Centre Giftshop has contacted us to announce the re-launch of their new online website, selling exclusive and unique Austen merchandise Worldwide! This wonderful retailer offers an incredible assortment of Austen-inspired, books and craft items.Pride and Prejudice Peacock Shopper

One of my favs is the Pride and Prejudice Peacock Shopper. It is a complete replica of the 1894 cover of Pride and Prejudice designed by Hugh Thomson, and is gorgeous!

Be sure to visit the Jane Austen Centre Giftshop to check out the new website design and items available today!

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Play Along with Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale

Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale (2011)OK Janeites, it’s Saturday AND a holiday weekend. Let’s have some mindless fun with a Pride and Prejudice gaming action! This new sims-like game, Matches & Matrimony, created by Reflexive® Entertainment was released in February. According to online reviews at Gamezebo and by Janeite, Jennifer at The Bennet Sisters Blog, it is quite diverting, but the 2D images are quaintly paperdoll painful. The upside is that they use much of Jane Austen’s text verbatim (huzzah!), it requires a lot of reading (oh horrors!!!) and you have to answer questions posited by the characters (thinking? double horrors). I am of course being very cynical (big surprise) and actually think this rather a great way to introduce someone to Pride and Prejudice, or for an acolyte of Jane Austen to expend a few hours of harmless diversion in pleasant company. Here is the game description from its creator.

Take the starring role in Jane Austen’s most popular novels as you become one of the Bennet sisters in search of a husband. Will you pursue Mr. Bingley, whose good nature has already endeared him to your sister, or perhaps Mr. Darcy, the famous protagonist from Pride and Prejudice? The narrative of Matches & Matrimony comes from the combining of 3 different novels, allowing you to create new storylines from Miss Austen’s most famous works! As you play you, will pick your daily routine to improve your characteristics, and then select your own path through the intersecting stories. With 9 different endings to be discovered, Matches & Matrimony can be played again and again as you create your own tale of classic romance.

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale (2011)

  • 9 Different endings!
  • Hours of replayability!
  • 6 suitors to pursue!
  • 3 Novels in one game!
  • Thoughtful and Provocative gameplay!

Even better than the description, you can watch the game being played in fourteen parts by Michael at Big Fish Games on Youtube.

We admit to being a bit perplexed over who Hortensia Humperdink Walter III is and why Col. Brandon is in a P&P game, but throw up our hands in resignation and just go with it. You can also watch part two, and the rest of the segments online. Enjoy!

Happy Holiday everyone!


Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Follow Friday: Mr. Darcy Valentine by MellyMo

Mr. Darcy Valentine paper doll by MellyMo

All alone for Valentine’s Day? I think not! Celebrate with the only man you need, Mr. Darcy! He’s all ready for a date with you…he’s got the clothes, champagne, and presents! Great gift for yourself or any Austen fan…He’ll be a perfect companion on your fridge, locker, or office filing cabinet!

Make haste and visit MellyMo’s Etsy Shop to purchase this clever Mr. Darcy paper doll Valentine ’s Day treat for yourself, family or your fav Janeite! If you need it by V-day, please use the Priority Mail shipping upgrade. Be sure to check out the Elizabeth Bennet paper doll too!

Everyone deserves their very own Mr. Darcy, right?

© 2011 MellyMo, Austenprose

Bingley’s Teas, Ltd. Introduces the Jane Austen Tea Series

Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet sipping tea in Pride and Prejudice 1995

We drank tea again yesterday with the Tilsons, & met the Smiths. – I find all these little parties very pleasant. —Letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra 1811

Tea in Jane Austen’s society was not just a beverage, but a social ritual. Her novels and letters brim with references to her characters, herself and her family buying, preparing, serving, and drinking tea. It is mentioned no less than twenty times in her novel Mansfield Park.

Bingley's Teas at the Jane Austen Society of North America AGM Portland 2010

While attending the Jane Austen Society of North America’s conference in Portland this past October, one of the booths at the Milsom Street Emporium was Bingley’s Teas, Ltd. They were introducing a brand new line of teas the – Jane Austen Tea Series – beautifully packaged and aptly named after many of Austen’s famous characters:

Marianne’s Wild Abandon

A blend of lively green and black teas with colorful flowers and passionate fruits that throw themselves together for a passionate combination! Candied fruits along with the vibrant flowers in this blend will entice you to run free and seek your heart’s desire.

Compassion for Mrs. Bennet’s Nerves

At last there is compassion for what poor Mrs. Bennet suffers with her nerves!

A tisane of chamomile, peppermint, passion flower, rosehips, and lavender, sooth the most agitated of moments in a delicious cup. We recommend a touch of honey for added bliss!

Wicked Wickham

Dashing tart flavor with a candy like after taste in a humble white tea. A tea with so much charm it may lead you into temptation! The naturally withered, Pai Mu Tan White Tea and Pomegranate are both reported to have many anti-oxidant health benefits. Wicked Wickham, how bad could he be?

Bingley's Teas, Ltd. Jane Austen Tea Series packaging

Bingley’s Teas, Ltd.’s President Julia Matson has combined her passion for Jane Austen and fine teas and created the Jane Austen Tea Series, a line blended to match the personalities of the characters developed by the much loved author, Jane Austen to characteristics of fine teas. With a passion for studying tea and the works of this timeless author, Julia has striven to select the finest teas and presented them in gift quality packaging. “For me, through Bingley’s Teas, Jane Austen’s inspiration manifested itself via one of her favorite things, a quality cup of tea.” She is a member of the Specialty Tea Institute, training as a tea sommelier, and member of JASNA, with studies in English literature, languages and biology and healing arts.

Bingley's Teas Ltd. Jane Austen Tea Series Grand Gift Basket

Grand Gift Basket Giveaway

Enter a chance to win this beautiful Grand Gift Basket from Bingley’s Teas, Ltd., $75.00 value, which includes: one box each of Mr. Darcy, Miss Elizabeth, Longborn Wedding Tea, Compassion for Mrs. Bennett’s Nerves- Herbal Tisane, the novel Pemberley Manor, by Kathryn Nelson and a beautiful China Tea cup. Just leave a comment stating which of the tea pairings of Austen character personalities to teas appeals to you, or which of your favorite characters you would like included in the series by 11:59 PT, Monday, January 3, 2011. Winner to be announced on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Shipment to US or Canadian addresses only. Good luck to all participants!

Bingley's Teas, Ltd. Logo

© 2007-2010 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Jane Austen Holiday Gifts from Brookish on Etsy

Tis almost the season, so power up Jane Austen fans and get ready to shop!

One on my favorite Jane Austen inspired designers at Etsy is Brooke from Brookish. Her Mr. Darcy proposal mug is famous for being sold out in a flash, and her Pemberley tea towel could make even me into a maid of all work on Thanksgiving without a complaint.

I want to know what she had to do to bribe this handsome gentleman to pose for this photo with the “I am Mr. Darcy” T-shirt on??? Do tell Brooke!!!

Visit Brooke’s great shop with gifts for every Janeite.

© Austenprose (2010)

Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine July/August 2010 Preview

Hot off the presses is the July/August 2010 (No 46) edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World, the official magazine of the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England and the ultimate Austen reading indulgence. The highlight for me will be Maggie Sullivan’s article on Austen or Bronte. (the ultimate literary throwdown, right?) Here are the featured articles:

The Bath Bugabo, or little green man (cover story):

Cathryn Spence, from the American Museum in Bath, writes about G. Bond an eccentric man who was ejected from balls in both Bath and Brighton for allegedly staring at ladies.

Austen or Bronte?:

Maggie Sullivan, editrix of, discusses media suggestions that ‘Bronte is the new Austen’

Where there’s a Will:

A look at the final wishes of some of Jane Austen’s family

Only a Grandmother:

Maggie Lane talks about Jane’s treatment of grandparents in her writing

Queen Adelaide:

She gave her name to an Australian city, but what do we know about the wife of King William IV?

Smuggling ways:

A dangerous occupation, but a thriving trade in Georgian times

Pride & Progress:

Reading Jane Austen’s books on an e-reader

Book Reviews:

Regency Cheshire by Sue Wilkes; Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely; Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen by Sarah Jane Downing


My Jane Austen featuring the pianist Keith Snell, news from JAS and JASNA, News and Letters

Visit Jane Austen’s Regency World at their stand during:

– Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 10 and 11

– JASNA’s annual general meeting in Portland, Oregon, on October 29 and 30

Jane Austen’s Regency World is published this week and is available by subscription from

Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine May/June 2010 Preview

Hot off the presses is the May/June 2010 (No 45) edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World, the official magazine of the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England and the ultimate Austen reading indulgence. Spotlighted in this issue is Bright Star, the 2009 movie based on the relationship of John Keats and Fanny Brawne. Here are the featured articles: 

Bright Star (cover story):

Jane Campion’s 2009 film about John Keats’ short life and Fanny Brawne his true love has nominated for an Oscar. Staring Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish, the setting and costumes are quite lovely and a treat for Janeites. 

British election special:

Remembering the men and women who died in the Peterloo massacre in St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England on 16 August 1819. 


When the boundary between love and friendship became blurred 

Maggie Lane:

Austen scholar, author and featured columnist Maggie Lane discusses the art of reading aloud in Jane Austen’s time 

Eleanor Coade:

The woman who developed artificial stone 

Clapperboard tours:

The film buffs guide to the streets of Bath 


Book reviews: new publications by Carrie Bebris, Jane Odiwe and Tracey Chevalier 

News: from JAS and JASNA, and all the latest Jane Austen news and readers’ letters 

Jane Austen’s Regency World is published on May 1 and is available by subscription from


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