Hot off the Presses! ~ ‘Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine’ and ‘The Female Spectator’

Will await this showing up in my mailbox [though see the publisher’s note about weather-induced delivery delays] –  here is the latest table of contents from Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, the January/February 2011 issue No. 49: 

  • Sense & Sensibility at 200 ~  Leading writers look at the history, relevance, importance and morality of Jane Austen’s first published novel
  • What price Paradise? ~ Life as a Jewish person in Regency England
  • Wives by Advertisement ~ The risks and rewards of Georgian lonely hearts’ adverts
  • Jane Austen and Robert Burns ~ What she really thought about the Scottish poet
  • Jane Austen edited by a man ~  One writer’s angry response to recent news reports 

*The new curator at Jane Austen’s House Museum reveals what Jane means to her 

*Plus: All the latest news from the world of Jane Austen, as well as letters, book reviews, quiz, competition and news from JAS and JASNA 

Wondering what to ask Santa for Christmas?  Well if you have been “good” and “nice” and not “naughty” or “shouting” or “crying” the whole year through, then you deserve a subscription to JARW!  For further information, and to subscribe, visit:



 1.      The March/April 2011 issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine will be the FIFTIETH issue!
2.      Overseas subscribers, especially in the US and Canada: be advised that the January/February issue may be delayed by 7-10 days because of a backlog of cargo in the UK following recent bad weather, and sorting difficulties in both the US and Canadian postal services. We apologise for any delay or inconvenience this may cause. Jane Austen’s Regency World ~ well worth waiting for!


Chawton House Library has published the latest issue of its newsletter The Female Spectator, Vol. 14, No. 3 (Autumn 2010) [and thankfully, this has arrived in my mailbox!] :   

  • Chawton Chronicles” from CEO Steve Lawrence re: Edward Austen Knight’s silk suit
  • “Brian Charles Southam”, an obituary – by Gillian Dow
  • “Reading and Re-reading in Sarah Fielding’s The Countess of Dellwyn” – by Louise Curran
  • “Aspects of Household Management during the Long Eighteenth Century: The Invalid’s Dietary” – by Catherine Morley
  • “A Birthday Banquet for Sarah Fielding” [ her 300th!]  – by Linda Bree and Peter Sabor, on the November conference at CHL on Sarah Fielding.  Link provided to a podcast of Isobel Grundy’s lecture here:
  •  The Education Programme at CHL – by Sarah Parry 
  • “Stories behind the Paintings”  by Jacqui Grainger – this essay on the portrait of Mary Robinson, actress and mistress of the Prince Regent, that hangs in the Great Hall of the Chawton House Library [with a heads-up re: the National Portrait Gallery [the UK NPG-  sorry folks!] exhibition entitled “The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons” set for 20 Oct 2011 – 8 Jan 2012] 
  • “The Shire Horses” – by Angie McLaren  
  • “House and Estate News”:  Conservation Projects – by Paul Dearn; The Park and Gardens – by Alan Bird
  • “Dates for Your Diary” – as always, lovely to see what is coming up, and, as always, quite depressed that I am on this side of the world…

You too can receive this quarterly newsletter in your mailbox [weather notwithstanding…] by becoming a member of the CHL – information is  here: Chawton House Library membership [see link for North American members].  See also the several links to full-text [pdf] past newsletters here, and a contents listing of all issues here.

And please check out the latest news on the CHL website – there is a new short story competition in the offing – so start mending your pens and submit your creation by March 31, 2011 – guidelines are here.

Happy reading and writing all!