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

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

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New issue!

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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

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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

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

Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine Nov/Dec 2012 Preview

Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine (No 60) Nov Dec (2012)Hot off the presses is the November/December 2012 (No 60) edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, the ultimate Austen reading indulgence. Here are the featured articles!

  • Some great Christmas gift ideas for the Jane Austen fan in your life
  • You shall go to the dance – public and private balls in Jane Austen’s time
  • How keeping a bawdyhouse could be a tough business
  • Baiting, coursing and fishing: blood sports were big business in the Georgian era
  • Looking at Jane’s use of fashion accessories in Emma
  • The life of Sir Thomas Bernard, a prominent philanthropist
  • Jane in the Garden of England

This new issue also includes reports from the recent Jane Austen Festival in Bath and the JASNA AGM in Brooklyn; news, letters, book reviews and much, much more!

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 follow this link to their website and have your gift mailed six times a year from Bath, England

© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

New Jane Austen-inspired Facebook Game Announced by the BBC & Legacy Interactive

Rogues and Romance Interactive Facebook Game

Happy news for Janeites and gaming fans…

The venerable BBC, who have brought us the monumental mini-series of Pride and Prejudice in 1995 and 1980 and many other classic film adaptations, announced today that they will be releasing a new Jane Austen-inspired interactive game, Rogues and Romance, for Facebook next month.

Fitzwilliam DarcyDeveloped in partnership with Legacy Interactive, the game will re-create the world of Austen’s novels “allowing players to take part in an imaginative adventure that follows the path of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy after they are married.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Legacy Interactive CEO Ariella Lehrer last December at the JASNA Southwest’s Winter Symposium in Los Angeles. She is a true Janeite and thrilled to translate her secret obsession into a fun social game. “We are determined to deliver an experience that passionate Austen fans will love, as well as gameplayers who know of Austen but have never read her novels.”

Robert Nashak, EVP, BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment & Games, explains, “Social interaction is at the core of Austen’s work and we felt that was a concept we could explore that had a natural synergy with Facebook. Rogues and Romance is a fun romp of a game that celebrates the world of Jane Austen.”

I think it is a brilliant notion and if you do to, Legacy Interactive is giving Austenprose readers an incredible opportunity to be one of the first group of players to experience Rogues and Romance first hand during a “closed beta” testing period.

You will have the opportunity to “test drive” the new interactive game “which takes Pride and Prejudice as its starting point following the newly married Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy on a hidden object adventure with an intriguing twist. Players will be able to take their place in society leaving calling cards, attending and hosting receptions and pursuing courtships. Each player will have their own manor house and be able to indulge their penchant for fashion with a choice of Regency-era costumes.” Emma WoodhouseYour feedback will only make this game even better before its official launch next month.

Yep, you heard it first on Austenprose, so do visit the official website for Rogues and Romance, and then email betatester@legacyinteractive.com with the email address that you use for your Facebook account if you are interested in participating. Please put in the subject “Jane Austen Facebook game beta test.”

We shall see who really knows their Jane Austen, and who needs a refresher course.

Enjoy!

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2012 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

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

Winner Announced in the Bingley’s Teas, Ltd Grand Gift Basket Giveaway

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121 of you weighed in and left a comment qualifying you for a chance at the Bingley’s Teas, Ltd. Grand Gift Basket Giveaway. The winner drawn at random is Felica, who left a comment on December 21. You luck duck. To claim your prize please contact me before January 11, 2011 with your full name and address. Shipment to continental US and Canadian addresses only.

Thanks again to Bingley’s Teas, Ltd for the great selection of Jane Austen inspired teas and the great giveaway.

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, 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!

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© 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)