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Jane Austen Book Club

Two Guys Read Jane Austen

Dear reader, a parcel arrived on my desk today addressed to The Jane Austen Book Club from author Steve Chandler postmarked Gilbert, Arizona, USA. In it contained the third book in the Two Guys series by Steve Chandler and Terrence Hill. This time two guys take on their biggest challenge yet  Jane Austen. The book blurb says follow their wild and often hilarious exchanges as they fly though Pride and Prejudice and the dark more complex Mansfield Park. Often veering off into the works of music, sports and history both of these accomplished writers draw upon their lifelong friendships and shared childhood memories to give dimension to their deeply personal responses to Jane Austen's writing. The introductory chapter is “What guy really wants to read Jane Austen?” and then you will find they encountered something they had not really expected. I'm chuckling away at the first few pages already and it is written as an exchange of letters  too clever. Jane would be amused and would certainly find a variety of reasons to recommend them.

A Season of Austen

Emma aired on ABC 1 last night as the starter to a season of English novelist Jane Austen's works on Sunday nights at 8.30pm. For fans of British spy drama, Spooks keep an eye out for Rupert Penry-Jones appearing in the upcoming classic Persuasion as the dashing Captain Wentworth, screening on June 8 with Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot. It is a story of second chance featuring a love letter to turn things around. Then it will be Northanger Abbey on June 15 and Mansfield Park on June 22. And for more on Austen tune into The Letters of Jane Austen as part of the Book Show on Radio National weekdays at 10.45am from 2  6 June. The first three episodes are devoted to letters to her sister Cassandra, episode four concentrates on letters to her brother James and in episode five hear her words of advice and affection to her niece Fanny. Austen remains one of the most widely read and popular of English novelists. Her books are noted for biting social commentary that highlights the situation of women in the nineteenth century. What a feast of Austen!

Jane Austen Society President Susannah Fullerton guest speaker at Orange

Discover more about the life and works of Jane Austen at a talk to be presented by President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, Susannah Fullerton, on Sunday, 1 June from 3pm to 4.30pm at Orange City Library. Susannah is a knowledgeable speaker and has written extensively about the famous British author publishing two books: Jane Austen & Crime and Jane Austen Antipodean Views. Jane Austen & Crime examines the relationship between Georgian crime and the novels of Jane Austen including elopement, duelling, poaching, theft and even murder which all appear in Jane Austen's writings. Guests will be able to ask Susannah questions about Jane Austen, her life and works and refreshments will be served. The event is free but please RSVP to Orange City Library by calling 6393 8132.