On My Bookshelf ~ Jane Austen in 2013, Or, How My “Wish-List” Just Got Longer

A quick look at the upcoming Jane Austen books in 2013 has inflated my “Wish List” yet again – and I don’t even have all the 2012 books yet… alas! no shelf space! [not to mention my pocketbook…] – there are just some books you should not add to your kindle, though I might feel more strongly about this than many, but here is a quick list of what’s coming out in the next few months, more detailed info and reviews will follow, but for now, you can see that there is no slacking off in Austenland…

I will start first with a mention of Syrie James’s new novel that was released yesterday on December 31, 2012: The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen you can go to Austenprose where there is quite the celebration – I will be having Syrie here at Jane Austen in Vermont on January 14th, so please come back and visit us then – I have read this already and loved it!

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Now here is what to look forward to in 2013, in no particular order: I give the Amazon link for the book, but emphasize as always to buy the book from your local bookseller:

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From the Desk of Jane Austen: 100 Postcards
Potter Style; Cards edition (February 5, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0770436698

This looks terrific – might make me a better correspondent!

book cover - what matters in JA - mullanWhat Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved
by John Mullan.
The US edition. Bloomsbury (January 29, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-1620400418
I have this book and loved it, so this is an absolute must-have..

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Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece,
by Susannah Fullerton. Titled Happily Ever After in the UK
Voyageur Press (January 1, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0760344361

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The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things
by Paula Byrne.
Harper (January 29, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0061999093

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The Jane Austen Miscellany
by Lauren Nixon
Due out april 2013 (UK Oct. 2012)

“Entertaining and occasionally shocking facts and trivia about Austen’s life and work…”

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Jane Austen’s England
by Lesley Adkins and Roy Adkins

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Viking  (August 15, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0670785841

A cultural snapshot of everyday life in Regency England and the world of Jane Austen.
[Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England: How Our Ancestors Lived Two Centuries Ago, will be published in the UK and elsewhere by Little, Brown in June 2013. It will be published in the US by Viking Penguin in August 2013,  as Jane Austen’s England.]

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The List Lover’s Guide to Jane Austen
by Joan Strasbaugh.
Sourcebooks (June 1, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-1402282034

“The ultimate guide to Jane Austen; that sassy, ahead-of-her-time literary genius that we know and love.”

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 Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood, by Abby McDonald
Reading level: Ages 14 and up; Candlewick (April 23, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0763655082

Abby McDonald channels Jane Austen in this modern take on Sense and Sensibility.


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Jane Austen, Game Theorist, by Michael Suk-Young Chwe
Princeton University Press (April 21, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0691155760

Game theory–the study of how people make choices while interacting with others–is one of the most popular technical approaches in social science today. But as Michael Chwe reveals in his insightful new book,
Jane Austen explored game theory’s core ideas in her six novels roughly two hundred years ago.

I cannot wait for this book! Here is the table of contents and intro:


Among the Janeites: A Journey through the World of Jane Austen Fandom,
by Deborah Yaffe

Mariner Books (September 10, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0547757735 [no image available]

“With warmth and humor, lifelong Janeite Deborah Yaffe opens the door on the quirky, thriving subculture of Jane Austen fandom.”

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 Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift: An Independent Woman’s Advice on Living within One’s Means,
by Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones.
Berkley Trade (April 2, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0425260166

“Embrace your inner Jane and find a new way of life in thrift!”

 book cover - JA World - Lane

 Jane Austen’s World: The Life and Times of England’s Most Popular Author
by Maggie Lane
Carlton Books (February 5, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-1780972879

A new edition of Lane’s classic book on Jane Austen, and a must-have.


Jane Austen,
by Helen Amy

Amberley (January 2013); UK 28 Feb, 2013; ISBN-13: 978-1445605869
No image available

“Includes material from the long-forgotten commonplace book of Jane Austen’s niece, Fanny Knatchbull.
Fabulously illustrated with over 100 illustrations.• 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice in 2013.”

 box set - pattillo

Jane Austen Three-Book Box Set
(Jane Austen Ruined My Life, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, The Dashwood Sisters Tell All)
by Beth Pattillo
Guideposts; Slipcase edition (January 1, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0824932541

Time to get these if you haven’t already read them!


Jane Austen the Reader: The Artist as Critic,
by Olivia Murphy
Palgrave Macmillan (March 29, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-1137292407 [no cover image]

How did Jane Austen come to write six novels that are still widely regarded as some of the highest achievements of the genre? The answer lies in understanding what Austen read, and how she read it. Jane Austen the Reader shows how the books Austen read – and the critical way in which she read them – influenced her writing, and her artistic innovations. Austen’s steadfast belief in the possibilities of fiction sustained her through early rejection and disappointment, and led to the creation of some of literature’s masterpieces. Austen devoured drama, history, poetry and novels, but it was not just as a passive consumer looking for entertainment, nor as a writer searching for ideas that Austen engaged with literature. Rather, she was a critical reader – investigating and evaluating literature, and articulating in her own works her vision of what the novel could be.


Pride and Prejudice: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels)
by Jane Austen; adapted by Laurence Sach; illus by Rajesh Nagulakonda

Campfire (May 28, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-9380028743 [no cover image, alas!]


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Character and Conflict in Jane Austen’s Novels: A Psychological Approach
by Bernard J. Paris
Transaction (February 28, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-1412849869

Originally published in 1978, so nice to see this in print and now readily available.

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Jane Austen’s Aunt Behind Bars
by Stephen Wade
Thames River Press (May 1, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0857282026

The collected essays explore the lives of several writers in Georgian and Victorian Britain, in terms of their knowledge and experience of prison life. This book focuses on the lives of the writers themselves, or on the prison stretches endured by their relatives or acquaintances.  Some of these writers were locked up for debt, while others were deprived of liberty for sedition or treason. Here the reader will find, amongst many other stories, accounts of Dickens’s father in debtors’ prison, of Leigh Hunt living with his whole family in The Surrey House of Correction and of Oscar Wilde in Reading Gaol.


Jane Austen’s Families
(Anthem Nineteenth-Century Series)
by June Sturrock
Anthem Press (February 1, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0857282965 [no image available]

“Jane Austen’s Families” discusses the fictional families – such as the Bennets and the Bertrams – whose dynamics are crucial both to Austen’s plots and to her explorations of ethical complexities. The study focuses upon the central characters’ interactions with their own families and (to a lesser extent) with other family groups in an exploration of how emotional and moral development is both hindered and fostered by these interactions. Significantly, Austen chooses not to write about the orphaned heroines so often preferred by novelists of the period; rather, for a writer who cares intensely for what is natural and probable in fiction, the most common early experience of surviving the pains and pleasures of family life provides the richest material for her work.

Eighteenth-Century Influences on Jane Austen’s Early Fiction
by Nadya Q. Chishty-Mujahid
Edwin Mellen Pr (February 14, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0773440531 [no image]

“The first book taking a New Historicist approach to how the Gothic writing of Ann Radcliffe
and the novels of Fanny Burney helped to shape Jane Austen’s literary endeavors.”

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A Brief Guide to Jane Austen
by Charles Jennings
Running Press (5 Feb 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0762446292

book cover - chronology pb

Chronology of Jane Austen and Her Family: 1700-2000
by Deirdre Le Faye
Cambridge, August 2013 –
Originally published in 2006, this is the more affordable paperback reprint

book cover - obstinate heart

Jane Austen: An Obstinate Heart
by Valerie Grosvenor Myer.
Arcade (April 2013)
A reprint edition, originally published in 1997

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Pride and Prejudice and Kitties: A Cat-Lover’s Romp through Jane Austen’s Classic
by Pamela Jane and Deborah Guyol
Skyhorse (April 1, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-1620877104

“Finally, chick lit meets kit lit!”
[Diana B! – hope you are paying attention…]

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Austensibly Ordinary
by Alyssa Goodnight
Kensington (January 29, 2013); ISBN-13: 978-0758267450


So that’s the list, at least the beginnings of one! – there are a number of new editions of the works, and this year especially will see a number of Pride and Prejudice editions in celebration of its 200 years – I will report on these as they become available.  But all the above should keep us all busy for a good bit…

Happy 2013! Happy Reading!

c2013 Jane Austen in Vermont

6 thoughts on “On My Bookshelf ~ Jane Austen in 2013, Or, How My “Wish-List” Just Got Longer

    • Hi Regina! – this is not in any way a complete list, esp regarding the popular culture titles – there are more to add – but this post was ridiculously long as it is!

      Will add you to another post that I am working on – one thing you might want to do – add “Jane Austen” somewhere in your book’s description on Amazon – you have only “Austen” there now and why it did not come up for me as I searched “Jane Austen”.

      You will be happy to know that you _are_ in the latest JA Bibliography in Persuasions OnLine!: http://jasna.org/persuasions/on-line/vol33no1/toc.html [scroll down for the 2008 and 2011 bibliographies] – and please, always let me know when you have something being published…

      I do appreciate how you always tweet my facebook entries!

      Best to you with your new book!


  1. A belated Happy New Year to you, Deb. I have been having a technological meltdown, including computer,Internet, printer and TV issues but I wanted to offer a free copy of the paperback of “Jane Austen in Love: An Entertainment” to your readers if and when you would like to offer it. Should have thought of it before — sorry. Meanwhile, I have loved reading your holiday blog! It’s really fun — and informative. My computer guru is coming tomorrow to help me rescue my e-mail Outbox and some other things. And I am apparently going to travel some more for the book — but only to nice places with nice people (like VT and Deb). Best regards from Steve to Mr. B.




    • Hello Elsa,

      Sorry about the computer nightmares – awful stuff…

      Thank you so much for your offer of a copy of your now-in-a-real-book “Jane Austen in Love”! I will set this up to offer in a random drawing in the next week or so and will let you know when I post about it… very generous of you [I will also be ordering some copies for our Austen Boutique – will be in touch about that very soon…]

      Happy New Year to you as well – and Mr. B sends Mr. S his best!


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