Resources on Sequels: [in process]
- JASNA’s AGM in Chicago, October 2-5, 2008, is on “Austen’s Legacy: Life, Love, & Laughter”… There are many planned talks and sessions on the mysteries, the continuations and sequels, all part of Austen’s legacy to us today. For more information see the JASNA website.
- On the JASNA-Southwest website, there are a number of terrific Austen-sequel book reviews by Natasha Zwick in the spring 2008 newsletter: click here and scroll down for that issue: http://www.jasnasw.org/newsletter.htm
- Head to Austenprose for a fine listing of sequels: scroll down the sidebar to see all the links for “Austen-esque Prose” listing many if not all sequels.
- The Completions, Continuations & Adaptations of her Novels, by Rolf Breuer [to 2000]
- The Jane Austen Sequels Page, another list…
- On Jane Odiwe’s Blog, Jane Austen Sequels, you will find the ongoing online sequel “Lydia Bennett’s Story.” [the book is also available for purchase on Amazon.com]
- Amazon.co.uk listing of available Austen sequels.
- A Victorian Web article on “Mrs. Hubback’s ‘The Younger Sister'” a completion of The Watsons, published in 1850, and another on “Nostalgia and Mobility in Austen’s Sequels”
- Several sequel reviews at Jane Austen Today Blog, and at Jane Austen’s World Blog Ms. Place offers a fine review of Birchall’s book, and at Austenblog there are also several sequel reviews.
Book Reviews of Sequels:
1. Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma, by Diana Birchall, Sourcebooks 2007.
- See our review at Jane Austen in Vermont
- Diana Birchall’s Blog Light, Bright & Sparkling, and her website listing of her other books.
- Amazon.com: synopsis, reviews, etc.
2. Lydia Bennett’s Story, by Jane Odiwe,
- Sequels Blog.
- Amazon.com: synopsis, reviews, etc. (including one by Ms. Place, author of the Jane Austen’s World Blog.)
What a pleasure to introduce you to no less than seven books inspired by Jane Austen! Completions, continuations, even one rearrangement – each is written with a scrupulous attention to language and detail but, intended, finally, for your delight. All are available on Lulu.com and most on Amazon.com. They were written and published between 2006 and 2010.
The Brothers by Jane Austen and Another Lady
by Helen Baker
Miss Austen wrote ten chapters of a novel she called The Brothers before illness stilled her pen for ever. Now, her entire draft has been incorporated into the complete story. It is hoped that the resulting romance may satisfy her myriad admirers who have long regretted that such vivid characters were left in suspense.
The Watsons by Jane Austen and Another Lady
Miss Austen, at the height of her powers, wrote eighteen thousand words of a delightful story and then abandoned her attempt. Everyone who read the fragment regretted her decision. Now, every word has been incorporated into a complete novel which, it is to be hoped, should give pleasure to many.
by Helen Baker (A continuation of ‘Mansfield Park’)
Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park chronicles the mutual attachment of Mary Crawford and Edmund Bertram until he abandons his love, claiming that she has forfeited even his respect. Can our flawed heroine, with her beauty, her charm and her twenty thousand pounds ever find a worthy gentleman who will appreciate her for those very qualities that Edmund deplored?
The Book Of Ruth
by Helen Baker (A continuation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’)
Longbourn House in Hertfordshire remains the home of the Bennet family but, five years after the conclusion of Pride and Prejudice, find Kitty and Mary still unwed and discontent. Then Mary’s deep reading leads her to a plan. Her guide in husband-hunting is no less than the Biblical Book of Ruth..
Precipitation A Continuation of Miss Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
by Helen Baker
Are you, dear Jane Austen enthusiast, as well acquainted with Miss Caroline Bingley as you ever wish to be? Do you deplore her duplicity from which the Bennet family suffered for so long? In reality, you will discover that she struggled again difficulties which make Lizzie Bennet’s vulgar relations appear trivial.
Note – this book is completely compatible with the other Helen Baker continuation of Pride and Prejudice called The Book of Ruth.
by Helen Baker (A continuation of ‘Persuasion’)
Miss Austen finished Persuasion with an enigma. Was the deceitful widow Mrs Clay so lost to all honour, decency and – yes – self-interest as to live installed in town under the capricious protection of that equal dissembler Mr Elliot? Or was the lady, as Lady Russell proclaimed her, a very dangerous companion?
Finally, a Jane Austen First!
Miss Jane Austen, as you recall, penned ‘Lady Susan’ at the tender age of nineteen. It was her first completed attempt at a novel – never submitted for publication. Yet the twenty-three thousand words sparkle with the genius to come. As the lady presented her novel in the form of letters, and reflects the immorality of a debauched era, it might not find favour with the modern reader. So, the present authoress has dared to present the story as one of Miss Austen’s mature works. To her knowledge, no one else has attempted such a scholarly feat.
Miss Jane Austen’s Lady Susan – Revived
by Helen Baker
Lady Susan is the most beautiful, beguiling schemer in Regency England. She must subjugate every gentleman who crosses her path, conducting multiple flirtations and extracting herself deviously from all the complications. When her husband dies, leaving her destitute with a pretty, innocent daughter on her hands, she uses all her wiles to find them both convenient husbands. Convenient to herself, that is.
(At publication, there was a hiccup, making the book unavailable for a time. Lulu now offers copies at a 15% discount for two weeks only. Simply type in the code BEACHREAD305 just before confirming the order.)
I wish all other Jane Austen enthusiasts as many hours of pleasure reading these books as I spent writing them.
re Clare Darcy; aka author Mary Deasy 1914-1978; wrote The Corioli Affair, Cannon Hill, The boy Who Made Good, Devil’s bridge, Ella gunning, The Hour of Spring, O’shaughnessy’s Day, the Celebration, Golden Notes and Devil’s Bride. Under Clare Darcy, she wrote her Regency novels. Have you read the Elsie Lee Regencies? Second Season, The Wicked Guardian, Prior Betrothal, Silence is Golden, and the Nabob’s Widow.
Oh thank you for this! – I am afraid I let Clare Darcy fall through the proverbial cracks! I shall have to take it up again… I appreciate your information. Have you read all the books she wrote??