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Pride & Prejudice and Zombies

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a zombie in possession of brains must want more brains.’


I have to admit that this opening line of Burr Steel’s film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, had me reaching for the smelling salts …

The Disembowelling of Pride & Prejudice –

a review of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

20 February 2016.  200 Years of Pride & Prejudice


The Importance of Emma

22 December 2015.  200 Years of Emma

This is not just a shameless plug for The Importance of Being Emma, my modern version of the Jane Austen classic. It’s also a look at why Emma was such a milestone for its author.


With Emma, Jane Austen achieved a number of firsts:


I loved the Country Life article on how to recognise a 21st century gentleman.


Darcy as an OfficerNaturally, it made me think of someone who wrote about the daughters of gentlemen in a world where marriage to a gentleman was seen as their purpose in life: Jane Austen.  Her novels illustrate the two measures of a gentleman 200 years ago: birth and character. Her heroes tend to embody both, although her heroines are often slow to appreciate the second.

An Officer or a Gentleman?

2 November 2015.  Discovery Darcy

Insults & Inspirations: What authors thought of Jane Austen - Inspirations Pt 2

1 October 2015.  General

In the 4th (and final) article in our Insults & Inspirations series where we delve into the extreme reactions that Jane Austen's work has provoked up and down the years, we bring together five quotes from a wide spectrum of authors, including the most successful author of modern times, who adore Austen. It felt right and proper to end on a very positive note, we hope you've enjoyed this Janeite critique!


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