Jane Austen

Andrea Leadsom Tells MPs Jane Austen Is 'One Of Our Greatest Living Authors'

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK

Andrea Leadsom told MPs Jane Austen is “one of our greatest living authors”, triggering a round of laughter in parliament. The leader of the House...

Jane Austen Banknote Was Meant To Address Controversy But Actually Sparks More Of It

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK

A new Jane Austen bank note that was meant to address controversy has actually sparked more of it with its choice of Austen quotation. After intense c...

Why Books And Reading Should Be At The Heart Of What The UK Does Next...

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola J Rowley

And it all begins with the first stories we introduce our children to. The ones that open up the doors of possibility to what lies ahead and which stoke their imaginations. The inspiring, the educating and the delighting - as they learn to turn the pages one at a time.

Emma By Jane Austen (Review)

Luke McGrath | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Luke McGrath

The idea of reading Jane Austen tends to split readers into those who will read her over and over, and those, like me, who've never been interested. S...

Living In A Jane Austen Novel (When You're Not Elizabeth Bennet)

Krishen Samuel | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Krishen Samuel

As a single gay man, it has long been my earnest aspiration to be Elizabeth Bennet. But as time passes (I have recently turned 30), I realise that I may more likely be one of the other characters instead. As a man, one might imagine that the situation would be very different for me and that I would have much more agency in this regard.

Second £5 Note With Jane Austen Engraving Worth £50,000 Found In Christmas Card

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK

A £5 note engraved with a tiny portrait of Jane Austen, thought to be worth up to £50,000, has been found in a Christmas card. The second of four Ba...

One Of The £5 Notes Worth £50,000 Has Been Found By A Welsh Grandma

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK

A £5 note which could be worth as much as £50,000 has been found by a grandmother in south Wales. The note is one of four to feature a tiny engraved...

If Your £5 Note Has A Hidden Jane Austen Portrait It Could Be Worth £50,000

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK

People are being urged to check their pockets for special edition £5 notes with a tiny engraved portrait of Jane Austen on it, as they could be worth...

Women Who Prioritised Career Over Love

Gill Paul | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gill Paul

We seldom have to choose outright between a love life and a career these days: it's more a case of little daily compromises. Who takes a day off when a child is sick? Who puts their own work to one side to help their partner through a challenging deadline?

In Praise of Secret Writers

Chris Smith | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Smith

Writers often hide behind a pen name or keep the very act of writing a secret from colleagues, friends or family. But what is it about writing that makes writers want to hide from view?

Writing 'Belle' Was Not Always Easy

Paula Byrne | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paula Byrne

Writing Belle was not always easy. Some of the gruesome stories about the horrors of the slave trade, most taking place on the 'slavers', were sickening to read and write about. Dido Belle's mother was a beautiful slave called Maria, and she was captured by naval hero, Sir John Lindsay...

Carney's First Year As BoE Chief - The 12 Things You Should Know

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics

July 1st marks the end of Mark Carney's first year as governor of the Bank of England, and the Canadian central banker has kept himself busy. Over ...

Literature Is a Library

Jamie Andrews | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Andrews

The great wonder of the British Library is that our vaults hold not only original literary texts, but the contextual materials that help today's readers place those works in the moment of their writing, and track responses to them over the years.

Twitter Trolls Plead Guilty Over Abuse At Feminist Banknote Campaigner

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Two Twitter trolls have pleaded guilty to sending "menacing" tweets to a feminist campaigner following her successful campaign to ensure a woman featu...

Historical Dramas Must Look Further Than High School History

Lia Sanders | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lia Sanders

I pity anyone out there who happened to come across the BBC's serialisation of Death Comes to Pemberley without first having read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Jessica Elgot

How Online Campaigning Won 2013

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Online campaigning certainly has its critics. In a forthcoming book, researchers from Oxford University say they have found 99.9% of e-petitions f...

Caroline Frost

REVIEW: Death Comes To Pemberley - A Lesson In Gothic Mystery

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

It's a brave author who picks up a Jane Austen classic and runs with it, but PD James' gamble of a sequel to 'Pride and Prejudice' was richly rewarded...

Who Lost Out To Jane Austen On Our New Banknotes?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Bank of England officials considered featuring Admiral Horatio Nelson and Edward Jenner, pioneer of the smallpox vaccine, on future banknotes instead ...

Even Great Writers Get Panned: One-Star Reviews for Ten Classic Books

Lynn Shepherd | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lynn Shepherd

Don't get me wrong - the internet is about all about self-expression and I'm all for it, but it does have its downsides, and if you're an author, the one-star review is definitely one of them. But even the greats of the past are not immune, so it being the season for some harmless fun, here are some of my favourite one-star Amazon reviews for ten of the world's best-loved books.

Why We Need to Stop Calling Jane Austen a Feminist

Beulah Maud Devaney | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Beulah Maud Devaney

There's no arguing with the feminist content of Austen's novels. The plight of the spinster and women's inability to earn money take centre stage throughout her books and she devoted entire novels to the damage that only allowing sons to inherit does to a family. But just because Austen favoured the independence of Miss Elizabeth Bennett that does not make her a feminist.

Did The BofE Make Jane Austen Look Like A Dim-Wit?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

Jane Austen has been airbrushed to look 'dim-witted' on the Bank of England's new £10 banknote, according to Oxford fellow and Austen biographer Paul...

Jane Austen's Ring 'Saved' But Shouldn't Jewellery Be Worn and Not Kept in a Museum?

Jessica Rose | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Rose

The announcement today that the iconic gold and turquoise ring that belonged to Jane Austin has been 'saved' from leaving the country on the hand of American pop star Kelly Clarkson, is, I believe, a bit of a mixed bag.

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Think YOU'RE A Fan Of 'Pride And Prejudice'?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Entertainment

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's great novel 'Pride and Prejudice', in cinemas next Friday 27 September we'll have 'Austenland'. 30-something...

Asa Bennett

Who Else Could Have Been On UK Banknotes? Bank Of England Won't Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics

The Bank Of England has refused to reveal the two other figures it considered featuring on banknotes instead of Jane Austen and Winston Churchill. ...

Racist? Sexist? Who Decides?

Michael Collier | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK
Michael Collier

As a species, we are left with a great deal of confusion. Confusion in that it's acceptable to joke that all Australians 'throw shrimp on the barbie' or all Welsh people engage in sexual relations with sheep but not acceptable to stereotype or joke about people of Asian or black descent.