JASA’s incomparable president Susannah Fullerton has the perfect gift for you or any of your best reading buddies. You can follow her along each month for the twelve months of 2019 with a new book to read, learn about, and discuss via email or in your own book groups. Called her “Literary Reader Guides,” you can sign up for the full year or just buy those Guides individually that interest you. This year Susannah will be doing Jane Austen’s Emma (in February) – Austen is surrounded in great company as you can see:
- Jan – Evelyn Waugh and Brideshead Revisited
- Feb – Jane Austen and Emma
- Mar – Jerome K. Jerome and Three Men in a Boat
- Apr – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Hound of the Baskervilles
- May – Theodor Fontane and Effi Briest
- Jun – Guy de Maupassant and “The Necklace”
- Jul – L. P. Hartley and The Go-Between
- Aug – Samuel Butler and The Way of All Flesh
- Sep – W. Somerset Maugham and Cakes and Ale
- Oct – Henry James and Washington Square
- Nov – Jean Rhys and Wide Sargasso Sea
- Dec – Wilkie Collins and The Moonstone
What a reading list! Your book group would be most content following this for the year ahead! Each guide features background information about the author, a publishing history of the title, many illustrations, and thoughtful discussion questions.
I signed on for the Guides last year, and found them most interesting and helpful in facilitating in the several book groups I belong to – I haven’t done all the featured books yet, but each of the monographs is downloadable and you can keep them for future use. The cost for 2019 for all 12 Guides is 40$AU (which is about 30$US, paypal accepted). You can also purchase previous Guides here: https://susannahfullerton.com.au/store/
You can read all about it here: https://susannahfullerton.com.au/come-with-me-on-a-literary-journey/
And visit Susannah’s blog where you shall find all sorts of literary gems: Notes from a Book Addict
I append this letter direct from Susannah (where she is celebrating a very hot Christmas Down Under…!):
Dear JASNA Member,
I think Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ is the greatest novel ever written. Would you like to find out why I think that, and also learn more about its characters, themes and setting? I’d love to share with you my views on that most gorgeous of heroes, Mr Knightley, and my opinion of Emma herself. Is she really “faultless in spite of all her faults”?
Next year I am offering you not just my thoughts on ‘Emma’, but on 11 other fascinating literary works as well. Please consider joining this exciting literary journey via email. Let me share with you my insights about an author and what drove him or her to create the book. Let me guide you through the novel’s themes and inspirations, tell you about the memorable characters, and provide you with discussion questions to really make you think (or share with your book group).
My 2019 literary series contains an extraordinary short story (you can decide if it is the world’s best?), a book to make you laugh and one to make you cry, some mystery and detection, and some madness and adultery. I have chosen an intriguing mix of works from various parts of the world and from two different centuries. I hope you’ll get the feeling that I’m at your side, sharing my love for a thought-provoking work and discussing it with you and your friends. You can even talk it over directly with me via my website, I always love to hear from JASNA members.
2019 is JASA’s 30th birthday. I hope you will want to celebrate that special anniversary by joining me to discuss ‘Emma’ and other great books. The whole course is done via email, so you do not need to live in Sydney to be a part of it all. Please watch my short film to see just what I’m offering. Find out all about it here: https://susannahfullerton.com.au/come-with-me-on-a-literary-journey/
I hope that Christmas will bring you happy occasions with your family and time to re-read Jane Austen. Don’t forget that if you are planning a visit to Australia next year, JASA would love to welcome you.
Merry Christmas to you all,
President of JASA
Susannah Fullerton, OAM, FRSN
Literary Lecturer, Author and Literary Tour Leader
President, Jane Austen Society of Australia
Patron, Rudyard Kipling Society of Australia
Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia
Jane Austen & Crime [one of my all-time favorite books on Austen!]
Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’
A Dance with Jane Austen
Jane & I: A Tale of Austen Addiction
Sign up today – you will be most pleased!