from the serious and scholarly to the more playful tributes. There continues to be countless new additions to the literary world of Jane,
in the form of sequels or companions to Jane's novels.
There are cookbooks, books on etiquette, books about book clubs,
time travel books, diaries and so on and so on...
of some of the better known books inspired by our beloved author Jane Austen.
visit the Jane Austen Society of North America
or the Republic of Pemberley
and you can check out some reviews at Jane Austen Today
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(Reviews of Jane Austen sequels, fan-fiction, and para-literature)
A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections
- James EdwardJames Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his aunt Jane Austen was published in 1870, over fifty years after her death. Together with the shorter recollections of James Edward's two sisters, Anna Lefroy and Caroline Austen, the Memoir remains the prime authority for her life and continues to inform all subsequent accounts.
“A young woman goes looking for Austen in all the places Austen once lived and many of the places she wrote about. The Austen she finds is a woman of family, and of quiet but sustaining faith. Austen shares these things and many others with author Lori Smith whose book gives the reader the great pleasure of time spent with both. A lovely, intimate read.”
(1st of a trilogy)
by Pamela Aiden
Duty and Desire: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman (2nd book)These Three Remain: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman (3rd book)
- Shannon Hale
Thirty-three-year-old Jane Hayes, who has a fairly serious addiction to the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice, inherits a trip to Pembrook Park, Kent, England, the location of a resort where guests dress, talk, think, and act in ways that Jane Austen would approve.
– Jon Spence
Jon Spence’s new biography focuses its attention away from the wider literary and intellectual currents that informed her writing and instead concentrates on the immediate influences on her life and work. Becoming Jane Austen shows how Jane Austen’s own personal experiences resonated throughout her work, from her juvenilia to Sanditon.
by Jane Austen, edited by Anne NewgardenInspired by Becoming Jane, the romantic film that could only make you want to know more about Jane Austen, here is a delightful collection of some of her most famous and quotable quotes
Being Elizabeth Bennet (UK title) :
Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure
Lost in Austen (US title):
Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure
by Emma Campbell Webster
Bringing together Jane Austen's most beloved characters and storylines-a clever, playful, interactive, and highly entertaining approach to the wildly popular novels in which you, the reader, decide the outcome.
The retelling of Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion from the point of view of Captain Frederick Wentworth—by the author of Mr. Knightley’s Diary.
After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?
- a collection of fictional letters written by Jane Austen to women of the 21st century who write to her for advice on love and other related topics. Patrice Hannon, an expert on all things Jane Austen, has done an excellent job in creating these letters in the same voice and writing style that one has come to recognize. Topics addressed by Miss Austen including tips on extra-marital sex, finances, etiquette, family matters, and how to recognize the special man that may become ones future husband.
by Amanda Grange
The retelling of Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park from the point of view of Edmund Bertram—by the author of Mr. Knightley’s Diary and Captain Wentworth’ Diary.
This illuminating, entertaining, up-to-date companion is the only general guide to Jane Austen, her work, and her world. This book will add depth to all readers' enjoyment of Jane Austen, whether confirmed addicts or newcomers wanting to know what all the fuss is about.
Jane Austen For Dummies
by Joan Klingel Ray, PHD
A highly recommended book both for readers who are discovering Austen’s novels for the first time and for those of us who have read them many times—as well as for readers who are somewhere in-between these two categories! The author is a respected and popular English professor and is also a three-term former president of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
The book introduces her parents and seven siblings, and offers interesting vignettes of Jane's life in the period before her death, at age 41, including flashbacks to her formative years. The interaction highlights her family and faith, indicating her impact on the moral values of the nation at a time when William Wilberforce and the abolition of the slave trade were part of the exciting panorama of early-19th-Century England.
Austen scholar Le Faye first gives a meticulously researched overview of the period, from foreign affairs to social ranks, from fashion to sanitation. She goes on to consider each novel individually, explaining in detail its action, its setting, the reaction of public and critics and Jane's own feeling about it.
Readers discover their inner heroines and get the guy in this witty book of romance and dating strategies.Utilizing wisdom inspired by Jane Austen's novels, from Sense and Sensibility to Pride and Prejudice and beyond, author Lauren Henderson creates an indispensable guide for navigating the all-too-mystifying dating scene.
"The Regency period was a time when to know how to behave was important. Having the knowledge of when to speak, how to speak, dress, and even introduce yourself could make or break your social success. With a gentle tongue-in-cheek humor, Josephine Ross takes examples from Austen's heroes and heroines to show the right way to behave, in a series of chapters that run the gamut from conversation to marriage and children."
Drawing from historical sources as well as her own keen imagination, Nancy Moser transports readers inside the life and times of the literary world's most beloved heroine. She brings to life the mind and wit of Jane Austen --the loves, disappointments, and victories that shaped the novels that have remained popular for nearly two hundred years
Drafting 25 letters from Elizabeth Darcy (nee Bennett) to her sister Jane, Dawkins seeks to describe Elizabeth's first months as mistress of Pemberley.
More Letters From Pemberley
-Syrie JamesWhat if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen's memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years? What if those pages revealed the untold story of a life-changing love affair? That's the premise behind this spellbinding novel, which delves into the secrets of Jane Austen's life, giving us untold insights into her mind and heart.
by Joan Ellen Delman
What would make a fine, upstanding young gentlewoman like Jane Fairfax agree to a secret engagement with a rather thoughtless fellow like Frank Churchill? What would lead a devil-may-care charmer like Frank Churchill to fall in love with the reserved, accomplished, destined for the governess trade Jane? Though these characters are so important to the story of Emma, we get little of their own story, and Joan Ellen Delman has a great deal of scope for presenting their courtship. Fortunately for the reader, Ms. Delman takes full advantage of this scope and presents a dense, meaty story that is true to the original while maintaining the reader's interest in the diversion. (from Austenblog review)
Lydia Bennet's Story: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Odiwe
Presented as a novel interspersed with diary entries, Part one of Lydia's story retells the now familiar events of Pride and Prejudice through a new heroine's eyes, adding details which help explain some of her actions, shedding light on the motive behind others. As readers, we are wont to think of Lydia only as one of "the silliest girls in the country." Ms. Odiwe undertakes to teach us better. (customer review)
[Grange] has been successful in turning Fitzwilliam Darcy into a flesh and blood man. Since Pride and Prejudice is essentially written from Elizabeth Bennet's point of view, at times I want an explanation of what Darcy is thinking. This book managed to do that for me. (customer review)
by Amanda GrangeMR. KNIGHTLEY'S DIARY takes us through a year of his life as he writes about his estate life, visiting with the neighbors, dinner parties he must attend, and his daily encounters with Emma. These encounters range from enjoyable moments, to moments where he wishes her to grow as a person, and finally to things he wishes would happen between the two of them. If you're a Jane Austen fan or you've read Emma, then this latest Jane Austen diary from the male perspective is a must read. (customer review)
by Sybil J. Brinton
Originally published in 1914, this charming and original sequel to the novels of Jane Austen intertwines the lives of the most beloved characters from all six Austen novels with new characters of the author's devising.
a multi-layered story taking place in three different time periods, with three different couples.
"There are letters, both contemporary and historical, and old diary entries. It combines three time periods successfully without causing confusion for the reader. It has a strong love story and page-turning mystery. For readers who are not sure which genre they wish to read, there is mystery, romance and history enough to go around for everyone." (customer review)
The Darcys Give a Ball : A Gentle Joke, Jane Austen Style
The Darcys Give a Ball is a charming and very amusing imagining of the next generation of Jane Austen's beloved characters from Pride and Prejudice and other novels, where all the young people come together for a surprising and altogether satisfying ending. Sons and daughters share the physical and personality traits of their parents, but of course have minds of their own.
The Jane Austen Book Club
- Karen Fowler
The Jane Austen Cookbook
by Maggie Black and Deirdre Le Faye
This guide to daily life in 19th-centuryEngland is a welcome companion for readers of Austen, the Brontes, Dickens, and Trollope.
(includes list of various books based on each of Jane's novels)