Persuasion: The Complete Novel, Featuring the Characters’ Letters and Papers, Written and Folded by Hand, by Jane Austen, curated by Barbara Heller — A Review

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy Monday Dear Readers,

Coming your way tomorrow is a gorgeous new curated edition of Jane Austen’s final novel, Persuasion. It includes the complete unabridged text and thirteen pockets throughout containing replicas of items from the story such as maps, pages from newspapers, and recreated correspondence written as if you were picking up the very letter addressed to one of the characters in Austen’s novel. Wow. Just wow! The full title is a mouthful, but here it is: Persuasion: The Complete Novel, Featuring the Characters’ Letters and Papers, Written and Folded by Hand. Continue reading “Persuasion: The Complete Novel, Featuring the Characters’ Letters and Papers, Written and Folded by Hand, by Jane Austen, curated by Barbara Heller — A Review”

The Ultimate Jane Austen-inspired Holiday Gift Guide for 2019


The Ultimate Jane Austen-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide (2019)

The holiday season is upon us once again with all the joys of gift giving for loved ones and friends. To make it easy for you, here is a handy gift guide for the Jane Austen fan in your life.


The Jane Austen Collection from the Folio Society

Any Jane Austen fan would give their eye teeth for this glorious collector’s edition of her six major novels by the Folio Society, a small press in England who creates exquisite fine editions of classics and selected contemporary writers. Each beautifully designed book in the collection includes the full text of Jane Austen’s novels and is illustrated in color by leading and award-winning artist. Bound in gold cloth, each book includes a coordinating slipcase.


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Books in the Jane Austen Collection include: Sense and Sensibility (1811), illustrated by Philip Bannister, and introduced by Elena Ferrante; Pride and Prejudice (1813), illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso, and introduced by Sebastian Faulks; Mansfield Park (1815), illustrated by Darya Shnykina, and introduced by Lucy Worsley; Emma (1816), illustrated by Sam Wolfe Connelly, and introduced by Fay Weldon; Persuasion, illustrated by Deanna Staffo, and introduced by Siri Hustvedt; and Northanger Abbey, illustrated by Jonathan Burton, and introduced by Val McDermid.

These magnificent editions can be purchased separately or as a collection. Visit the Folio Society’s website for additional details and purchase links. (The books ship from the UK, so check Holiday delivery cut off on publisher’s website.)



Jane Austen: The Complete Works 7-Book Boxed Set: Classics hardcover boxed set (Penguin Clothbound Classics), by Jane Austen, book cover design by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Penguin Classics Clothbound Jane Austen

This seven-book box set is sure to thrill any Jane Austen fan on Christmas day. It is stunningly beautiful in design and the interior is expertly edited. It includes all six of Austen’s major novels and a volume of her minor works.

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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

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

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

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)

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Art Prints inspired by Darcy & Elizabeth, by Elloh at Esty

Ode to Mister Darcy and Miss Bennet, Ellen Lohse (2008)

Want to ogle over portraits of Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet in your own family gallery? These two realistic and clever likenesses of the hero and heroine from the 1995 miniseries of Pride and Prejudice are incredibly like actors Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Skillfully rendered by artist Ellen Lohse and available at her online shop at Etsy, here is her description: 

The 5″ x 7″ (12.7×17.8cm) images of Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet from the TV version of Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice, are printed from original paintings by El Lohse (me!) onto quality canvas cloth paper perfect for framing, matting, or trimming to fit in a smaller, oval frame. The canvas makes the prints look like paintings. I love the texture! 

I think she has captured a lively and comic likeness of the famous couple and I would be honored to hang them in my house.

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Personalize your library with

Jane Austen bookplates

 Jane Austen Book Plates - Jane Austen Centre Gift Shop

Let others know you cherish your books with these stylishly decorative Jane Austen bookplates! Each pack contains 20 gummed plates with Jane Austen’s signature and silhouette. Measures 2.9″ x 3.6″ (7.5 x 8cm) Makes a lovely gift for any fan! From the Jane Austen Centre Gift Shop, £2.99.

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First impressions prevail with this

I Heart Mr. Darcy Tote Bag

 I heart Mr. Darcy tote bag from the Pemberley Shoppe

No one will be doubt your preference when you sport this I heart Mr. Darcy tote bag to the gym or your next book club meeting. Made of  100% cotton canvas, this durable tote bag has plenty of room to carry everything you need when you are on the go. It includes a bottom gusset and extra long handles for easy carrying measures 15″ X 18″ X 6″ and is machine washable. From the Pemberley Shoppe.  $20.00

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Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury

 An Illustrated Treasury (2008)

Any Janeite worth their weight in syllabub will ooo and ahh at this beautiful book packed full of enough information and paraphernalia to keep them busy way beyond Christmas day. It is definitely one of my top ten Jane Austen books of 2008, not only because it is creative and visually stunning, but because of its incredible price.   

Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury takes you inside the author’s world-the hardships she faced, the loves she lost, and the keen sense of irony that kept her going. Fully illustrated with Regency-era artwork, the book also explains key aspects of life in Austen’s time. 

This treasury also contains 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. These special features, combined with the insightful narrative and evocative images, make Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury an intimate and unique experience for anyone who appreciates the timeless significance of her work. 

By Rebecca Dickson and available exclusively from Barnes and Noble Booksellers for $19.98

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Jane Austen Quotation Notecards 

Jane Austen Notecards from Austentations

These attractive Jane Austen inspired notecards set the mood for your personal notes to family and friends or as gift.  

This set of six notecards is the perfect gift for a Jane Austen afficianado. Printed on ivory cardstock and embellished with ribbon, the blank interiors are simply waiting for inscription. The cards come enclosed in a cranberry folder tied with a cream satin ribbon and adorned with Jane Austen’s silhouette. This sampler includes 3 designs of 4″ by 5 ½” cards: 

~ Jane Austen’s silhouette and signature 

~ “For what do we live but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?” (Pride and Prejudice) 

~ “I think I may boast myself to be, with all possible vanity, the most unlearned and uninformed female who ever dared to be an authoress.” (from one of Jane’s letters) 

Designed and handcrafted by Austentations at Etsy, they will also personalize your set with your own special Jane Austen quotation upon request. $10.00

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