Austen-esque Books in the Queue for October

The Austen book sleuth is happy to inform Janeites that Austen inspired books are heading our way in October, so keep your eyes open for these new titles. 

Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury, Rebecca Dickson If any readers are familiar with the popular Dragonolgy or Wizardology children’s books that feature an illustrated and inter-active insider’s guide, then you will understand the concept of Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury, by Rebecca Dickson. Truly a treasure trove of Austenanina, this new illustrated edition takes you inside the author’s world with an insightful narrative of her life, – and a plethora of Regency-era art work containing removable reproductions of many important documents, including a handwritten letter from Jane to her sister Cassandra, pages from the rough draft of Persuasion, and a quirky “History of England ” written by Jane as a schoolgirl and illustrated by her sister. A great gift item for a special Janeite, or yourself! Metro Books  

Jane Austen in the Garden, by Kim Wilson and Celia Simpson. In this highly anticipated garden and photo essay, the reader will be awed and amazed by the beautiful gardens that touched Jane Austen’s world and how nature influenced her writing. Jones Books 

Pemberley by the Sea: A Modern Love Story, Pride and Prejudice Style is another offering from prolific Austen-esque author Abigail Reynolds. In this modern interpretation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice a modern day Elizabeth Bennet, Cassie Boulton a marine biologist meets her Mr. Darcy, Calder Westing an heir to political dynasty and sparks fly. Sourcebooks Landmark 

Lydia Bennet’s Story: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Odiwe. First published last year in the UK to much acclaim, and I am happy that it is being given a wider audience through international publication by Sourcebooks. Author Jane Odiwe’s charming tale from the untamed and vulnerable little sister of Pride and Prejudice should be an eye popper, if Lydia is true to form. 

Mansfield Park Revisited: A Jane Austen Entertainment, by Joan Aiken. Author and Austen scholar Joan Aiken’s legacy continues in this re-issue of her 1985 novel centered around Jane Austen’s most complex and intriguing novel Mansfield Park. In this sequel, Edmund and Fanny Bertram travel to his father’s estate in Antigua and it’s Fanny’s sister Susan’s turn to attend to their aunt Lady Bertram, and romance. Sourcebooks Landmark 

The Ladies of Longbourn: The Pemberley Chronicles Book 4, by Rebecca Ann Collins. The historical saga continues for the children and grandchildren of the Darcy’s and the Bingley’s as the Victorian era advances through the 19th-century. This continuation of the story revolves around Anne-Marie Bradshaw, a young widow and the granddaughter of Jane and Charles Bingley who is residing at Longbourn, the original home of the Bennet family in Pride and Prejudice. Rounding out the ladies of Longbourn are her step-mother Anna and Charlotte Collins, the widow of the odious Rev. Mr. Collins who together find strength, companionship and friendship through adversity. Sourcebooks Landmark 

The Wit and Wisdom of Jane Austen: Quotes From Her Novels, Letters, and Diaries, by Jane Austen & Dominique Enright (Compiler) A reissue of a very worthy edition first published in the UK in 2002 by Michael O’Mara Books, and in 2005 by Barnes & Noble. This book is so good that everybody wants to publish it! Kudos to complior/editior Dominique Enright for selecting great quotes and being published, again! (Or should I be complementing Jane Austen?) Ulysses Press 

Two Guys Read Jane Austen, Steve Chandler & Terrence Hill. This I gotta see! I just love the concept of two guys explaining Jane Austen to us. I am sure it will be insightful and a rib tickler to boot. Watch for my review in November. Robert Reed Publishers 

Until next month, happy reading to all! 

Laurel Ann