Inspired by Jane Austen and set in contemporary Pakistan and England, Austenistan is a collection of seven stories; romantic, uplifting, witty and also, heartbreaking. These seven writers from Pakistan celebrate and pay homage to the queen of British Literature. They prove that Jane Austen is alive and kicking 200 years after her death and not just in English speaking countries but in the four corners of the world.
Nathalie Novi is of Italian origin but lives in France. Her early childhood took place in Constantine, Algeria where she was surrounded by her sisters and lots of books. It was at the age of nine that she decided to be a painter.
There is a saying that it is better to see once than to hear a hundred times.
Hello all!! My name is Cleia Peterson. I have been invited by Rita L. Watts to be the correspondent for her Facebook page “All Things Jane Austen” during the Jane Austen Festival in Bath.
Thanks to Robert Truscott – who created this masterpiece now on display inside Winchester Cathedral next to Jane’s remains – Jane writes again.
Who was John Keats?
One “had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste.”
Caroline Jane Knight shares more than Jane Austen’s name and DNA. As a direct descendant of Jane’s brother, Edward Knight, Caroline is the last of the Austen Knight family to grow up at Chawton House on the estate where Jane Austen lived and enjoyed the most productive period of her writing career. Caroline explored the same places around Chawton House and its grounds as Jane did, dined at the same table in the same dining room, read in the same library and shared the same dream of independence.
Samatha Coventry has been a Jane Austen addict for over 30 years, and also a sewer and a lover of theatre. She dreamed to combine all three loves in one and she finally did by being part of the lovely production of Pride and Prejudice in Naas, Ireland. The play is set to premiere in June so if you live or are traveling close by you must check it out. See trailer below.
THE BOOK: A Quest for Mr. Darcy
Fitzwilliam Darcy is on a quest. Convinced he is over his foolish infatuation with Elizabeth Bennet, he returns from a year of travelling with a plan, both to protect the estate of which he is guardian and to ensure his sister’s happiness: he intends to do his duty and secure a wife at the earliest opportunity.