Jane Austen

Writing 'Belle' Was Not Always Easy

Paula Byrne | Posted 29.10.2014 | 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.

'Stop, Give That Ring Back'

PA | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Entertainment

The Government has stepped in to stop US singer Kelly Clarkson taking a gold and turquoise ring once owned by Jane Austen out of the country. The s...

Ban Feminism and Save Yourselves

Nicky Clark | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Nicky Clark

Good lord so I see this is happening... I was hoping that it was just more nonsense ranting from the left winged BBC but no. I'm sad to report dear friends, it's all true. Jane Austen writer of books and adaptor of Pride and Prejudice for those BBC "people", is I see, going to be added to the ten pound note.

Caroline Criado-Perez and the Psychology of Cyber-Bullying and Twitter Trolling

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Raj Persaud

Caroline Criado-Perez began receiving a barrage of online abuse after the Bank of England announced Jane Austen would feature on the next £10 note. These bizarre and extremely aggressive reactions to her have so far been explained as uncovering a previously suppressed widespread hatred of women. We think the psychology of her predicament is more complex, hinging upon what success represents to the envious and, particularly, those with low self-esteem.

Enough Weasel Words and Deflection - Time for Twitter to Stand Up for the Women Abused on Its Own Site

Ben Mitchell | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Tech
Ben Mitchell

It's time for Twitter, like Facebook before it, to get a grip with what's being written on its site. Weasel words, deflecting responsibility, cowering behind the police won't do. You control the site. You pull the strings. You can pull the plug. You have a moral duty to protect all of your users.

Why The Jane Austen Banknote Matters

Marianka Swain | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Marianka Swain

This one picture that tells young girls their aspiration and achievement will be encouraged and recognised, that women have the right to claim equal visibility with men, and that our opinion matters. The removal of that symbol is devastating.

Still Waiting in the Wings

Judi Sutherland | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Judi Sutherland

The Women's Room campaign to continue to have images of women on banknotes has succeeded. Not immediately, of course, because Elizabeth Fry will be taken off the £5 note and replaced by Winston Churchill. Jane Austen still has to "wait in the wings" for another four years to become the new face of the British tenner.

The Week In Funny Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Comedy

That 'more' being internet porn and Anthony Weiner, for example. But we thought it slightly unseemly to include those terms in the same headline as an...

PICTURE: First Look At The Jane Austen £10 Banknote

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Well, this isn't quite what we were expecting... ...

Jessica Elgot

Victory For Common Sense And Sensibility

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK

Money "is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of," says Mary Crawford in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Now Austen herself is the source of happ...

'Put Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Or Emmeline Pankhurst On The Notes'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has attacked the outgoing governor of the Bank of England in the row over banknotes as he warned of a "crisis" in the way women are repres...