GIVEAWAY with Karin Quint and her book Jane Austen’s England

 I first saw this book on Kickstarter where Karin was trying to get funds to translated it from Dutch to English, I fell in love with it and knew we had to help make it happen and it did. After a successful campaign the book was translated and now it is being published  in a scrumptious edition in English – worldwide. It will be in stores very soon but you can be the lucky winner of this giveaway or pre-order on the link below. 

 Q&A: Karin Quint

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a 42-year old Dutch journalist and photographer from Tilburg, a city in the south of the Netherlands. I’m an avid reader, I love going to the movies, wish I visited the theater more often and enjoy walking. Since my first visit to England in the 1990’s I’m an anglophile. You can wake me up in the middle of the night for an afternoon tea, a good Victoria sponge cake – or any cake, basically.

How was your first encounter with Jane? Was it a movie or a book?

When I was a student in the 1990’s, I found a copy of Pride and Prejudice on a flea market – it was so cheap I just had to buy it. I had heard of Jane Austen, but wasn’t aware that Pride and Prejudice was one of the best-loved novels in English literature. When I started reading, I just couldn’t put it down, I HAD to find out what would happen to Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. I think it was one of the most satisfactory reading experiences I have ever had.

What’s your favorite Jane Austen novel?

It tends to vary. It used to be Pride and Prejudice because of its mesmerizing protagonist, the wit and humor and the pacing of the story. But since a few years, my favorite is Persuasion. I just love gentle and kind Anne Elliot, who gets a second chance at true love.

Darcy forever or do you have another favorite hero?

Hahaha! I love Darcy on the page, but I’m not sure I would like him very much in real life. Too moody for my taste. And all that money, I wouldn’t know what to do with it … No, I prefer the reasonable Mr. Knightly, always eager to help others, a perfect gentleman. I love how he struggles with his feelings for Emma but keeps them hidden and just gives Emma time and space to realize what her real feelings are.

How did the idea for your book guide come about?

As the webmaster of the Dutch website  janeausten.nl  I receive questions about all sorts of things relating to Jane. In the summer of 2012, I received an email from a father who wanted to take his two daughters on a Pride and Prejudice tour of England. He wanted my advice on which locations to visit. So, I wrote him a lengthy email back. While doing that, I suddenly wondered why there wasn’t a Jane Austen travel guide that included both the places where she lived and worked, and the filming locations from popular adaptations. After a sleepless night (I was so excited about the idea!) I decided to write one myself.

Favorite Darcy and favorite adaptation.

Colin Firth, no doubt about it. Although I did love Sam Riley in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I would have loved to see him in a ‘normal’ adaptation, he’s such a great actor. Pride and Prejudice 1995. I think it’s just perfect: the script, the actors, the costumes, everything!

Tell us what you want people to know about your book.

Jane Austen’s England is a true labour of love. I am a Janeite and I’ve written this book for all those other Janeites who are just as interested as me in where Jane lived, worked, shopped, visited, but who also want to know exactly where Colin Firth stood when he took that dive in the pond (which in fact he didn’t, as you’ll read in the book).

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What’s the coolest thing that has happened to you since you started this Austen adventure?

The coolest thing was the support I received during my Kickstarter campaign to fund the translation of Jane Austen’s England from Dutch to English. It was really amazing that so many kind people from all over the world contributed to make this dream come true and I’m so very grateful! Without this crowdfunding it would have almost been impossible to find such an excellent English publisher like ACC Art Books, who is now distributing the book worldwide.

I have to mention you made wonderful videos for your Kickstarter campaign and with your permission given previously I will share it here and now. It’s hilarious. I think Jane would not smile, she would laugh out loud!

Tell us about being an ambassador for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.

As an enthusiastic reader, I know all about the joy and knowledge reading can bring. And as a professional writer, I understand the importance of being able to express yourself through writing. I truly can’t imagine a life without being able to read and write, but there are still communities where children do not get the opportunity to learn just that. The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation wants to change this, by funding e-readers and e-libraries for communities in need. It’s a great honor to be an ambassador for an organization whose goal is so close to my own heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us about your experience in Alton at the Jane Regency Week meeting fellow ambassadors and fans! By the way it was lovely meeting you in person and also Odette Snell (both of us pictured above (for those who don’t know us, Odette is pictured with Karin on the left and I’m with her on the right).

It was amazing! I had no idea what to expect – it was my first time at this festival – but in a few hours I already felt we were and are all part of a big, international family! It was wonderful to meet people I’ve known for years online (like yourself, Rita!) and to participate in all the amazing events. There were only highlights, but my favourite was the picnic at Chawton House, organized by the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation. Lovely entertainment in a relaxed atmosphere. And I got to meet Susannah Harker, who played Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (1995) and who turned out to be just as kind and lovely as the fictional character she portrayed. She’s an ambassador as well, so I guess I could call her my colleague now 😉 ?

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What’s next for you and your book?

I’m very excited that Jane Austen’s England will now find its way to Janeites all over the world. And of course I hope to meet many of them! This coming September I’ll be visiting the Jane Austen Festival in Bath. I’ll have a stall at the Festival Fayre on Saturday 14th. So for those who are going, come and say hi!

 

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To learn more about the Jane Austen Festival in Bath this coming September click HERE!

If you don’t want to participate the giveaway and want to pre-order the book click on the link below.

Jane Austen’s England Pre-order

INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY: ENDED

JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND by their also wonderful publisher ACC Art Books.

WINNER: Karylee Marin

Thanks to Karin Quint and ACC Art Books for this wonderful giveaway.  Karin, thank you for your time and all you do for us Janeites creating this amazing guide to JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND! Send us a video from Bath!

Warmly,

Rita L. Watts

16 thoughts on “GIVEAWAY with Karin Quint and her book Jane Austen’s England

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  1. Thank you for your labour of love in writing this book! I would love to read it! I hope to one day visit all the places Jane did. I’m most fascinated by Steventon though, the place where it all began for Jane. I’d love to read more about her childhood home and the environment that she grew up in that encouraged such an imagination!

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  2. I would like to learn more about Jane Austen’s time in Bath and her final days.

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  3. Hello, and thanks for this giveaway!!
    I’d love to “visit” Pemberley, of course, 😀 Who wouldn’t like to explore the inner soul of our beloved Mr. Darcy, it would be at the very least intriguing… Bath, as well, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit it so far, but I’m sure that in the near future I’ll be walking along its streets, it would be really useful to have a guide booklet with all interesting places to visit (probably there’s already plenty of these) Chawton House is a must.
    Big hugs and thanks again!
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  4. Which place/places would I like to learn about? There are so so many. All of them preferably but since I’ve to mention but 1 I’ll say Stoneleigh Abbey. Such a fascinating historic building. I’d only stare at it exactly like Jane did and would have that in common with her.

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  5. As Diana said, there are so many! I would LOVE to be inside The Great House, see it, feel it, gaze upon the books, see the views from the windows… channel Jane… Thank you!!

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    1. I have always wanted to visit Bath. I am hoping to visit there in a few years time. I need to know more about the pump room and the crescent and the assembly rooms. What was Bath really like then? This book sounds like the perfect book for me!

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    2. The Great House that is Chawton House? Oh it is absolutely magnificent. You’d love it. It is a phenomenal experience just to walk up the drive from the road. As soon as you step inside the house, for me the entrance on the side to the right, I get a strange feeling every time…in a good way. I touch the stone or the bannister and think ‘Jane might have touched that stone or that bannister too”.

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  6. First of all, thank you for so much for this international giveaway !! I am from Malaysia and I have never been to the UK, so I hope to win this beautiful giveaway!

    I would love to visit Chatsworth House ( the set of Pemberley for the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie). In the book and the movie, Pemberley means so differently to different characters. But to me, it represented the notion of second chances for both Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. It was a place where Elizabeth confirmed her inner feelings towards Darcy and I could not forget the scene where Mr Darcy chased after her after Elizabeth was caught peeking at him and his sister, Georgiana. When both of them finally faced each other after the letter, I could feel the emotions piling up between the characters.

    I would love to learn more about the interior designs and settings of Chatsworth House in relation to the movie too.

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    Fingers crossed !!! All the best to everyone !

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  7. All of Jane’s England! But to spend time in her home and be around her library and writing desk with anything that was left of her belongs. My dream. Thank you for a chance to win your book!

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  8. I would like to know about Bath. I’ve never been there so I want to feel what’s it like to be living in a Georgian resort town and drinking the waters. Moreover Jane Austen lived there at one time and two of her novels (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion) are mainly set in Bath.

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  9. Definitely all of Jane’s England! Had the pleasure of seeing a few places that’s she lived/been, but would love to see the great house where her brother lived and visit all the places they filmed her adaptations especially P&P.

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