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For the love of Austen!

This artical originated January 11,2014, on my other blog Kittens with Mittens.

I soon realized that I needed a Literary blog too, so Totally Austentatious was born.

This is a reediting of that origional post.

At this point I really have to thank you, my family and my friends, who put up, ad nauseam with my reading ramblings. What can I say, love me love my books!


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Yes, I have a thing for Austen. I didn’t realize how extensive it was till I started digging through my collection. 


It has even snuck into my knitting. On my to due list Darcy Shawlette,

The Dashwood Sisters Shawl and the Miss Woodhouse Shawlette

I have the famous novels… a few copies of each

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen: Seven Great English Classics (sc)

The Complete Works of Jane Austen (2 ebooks)

Short fiction

Unfinished fiction

and ebook copies too, because you can’t go anywhere without Jane!

All of the above on Kobo Glow, Kobo Arc and Sony Ereader. 


Films, Audio tapes, and Ebooks 

Death at Pemberley by PD. James (audio)

Pride and Prejudice (DVD 1995) A&E starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (the best!)

And the more recent Pride and Prejudice (2005) 

and an older BBC version. 

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Somewhere I have Sir Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson, delightful!

Bride and Prejudice (2004) Bollywood musical (enjoyed it)

Persuasion (1995) – my all time fav! 

Sense and Sensibility (2008 – VHS) Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant (the best)

Emma (1996) Kate Beckinsale (best of the two)

though I won both…

Emma (1996) Gwynth Paltrow (not as good) but amusing.

I also indulge in continuations of her novels and there are a lot out there.

My favourites are by Linda Berdoll


*Mr Darcy takes a Wife and *Darcy and Elizabeth

My comment: Miss Austen, being as single lady of her age and time, probably would have been shocked by this more realistic view of married life. This is the Darcy and Lizzie you imagine as a married couple! I am so fond of these books, originally owned them in trade paperback, I also purchased them in ebook! 

Some other  delightful series

 Sharon Lathan has also written a rather good series related to Pride and Prejudice. This series sounds more Austen. 


  1. *Mr & Mrs Fitzwiliam Darcy: Two shall become one
  2. *Loving Mr. Darcy
  3. My Dearest Mr. Darcy
  4. In the Arms of Mr. Darcy
  5. Miss Darcy falls in Love
  6. The Trouble with Mr. Darcy
  7. The Passions of Mr. Darcy (the story of Darcy’s Uncle George)
  8. A Darcy Christmas (Don’t have)

I have also been collecting the Pemberley Chronicals by Rebecca Ann Collins


  1. *The Pemberley Chronicles
  2. *The Women of Pemberley
  3. Netherfield Park Revisited
  4. The Ladies of Longbourn
  5. Mr Darcy’s Daughter
  6. My Cousin Caroline
  7. Postscript from Pemberley (don’t have)
  8. Recollections of Rosings (don’t have)
  9. A Woman of Influence
  10. The Legacy of Pemberley (don’t have)

I like this series but Austen’s voice is missing.

Rebecca Ann Collins has also written Expectations of Happiness a follow-up to Sense and Sensibility


Found these in ebook format

Georgiana’s Diary by Anna Elliott eb. a free ebook 

and Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange eb. preview I am seriously thinking about purchasing this one. Has anyone read it?

Some other recent finds: 


I also have a collection of short stories *Dancing with Mr. Darcy

How about from Darcy’s point of view

*Darcy’s Passion by Regina Jeffers – Don’t let the title through you it isn’t bad 

*Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion by Regina Jeffers  sc.- Rather good till just before the end. Spys and nonsence creeps in. 4/5th of the book is worth reading.

How about letters, and Diaries?

Austen began writing in this form then moved to the more conventional novel format. I enjoy epistolary books (letters) and Diaries.

*Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Maya Slater sc. (rather good)

*Dear Mr Darcy by Amanda Grange tpb (very good)

*Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins tpb (Excellent series of letters between the characters)

Looking forward to reading these recent finds :0) 


Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson tpb.

Only Mr. Darcy will do by Kara Louise tpb.

The Truth About Mr. Darcy by Susan Adriani tpb.

and my DH found this in the last copy section of Chapters :0)

*Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski – delightful and unusual take on Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam’s relationship. Totally recommend this slightly off beat book. :0) sc.

Other recent purchases, as yet unread 


The Darcy Cousins by Monica Fairview

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle – I have since read, not how I saw Mary developing but good.

The Bad Miss Bennet by Jean Burnett (Lydia)

 There are reference books and biographies as well.


Jane Austen: A life by Claire Tomlin tbp

A Brief Guide to Jane Austen: The Life and Times of the World’s Favourite Author by Charles Jennings sc.

*The Complete World of Jane Austen by Lauren Nixon hc.

(total disappointment, waste your money on this one)

My family and friends keep me well supplied, and DH & DS but up with my Austen observations.

Just for fun go check out The Republic of Pemberley website for everything Austen. DH found it while surfing the net…Isn’t he awesome! (my Colonel Brandon)

Note: * = have read, sc.= softcover, tpb. = trade paperback, hc. = hardcover, eb. = ebook


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Which Character are You?

Boethius, looking for consolation…

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Review: The Annotated Persuasion

As I have opined before; I have more than a few copies of Persuasion by Jane Austen, when people discover you are a fan of Jane Austen, copies arrive as gifts on occasion. I have a couple of particularly lovely copies, one very special edition and a delightful little pocket sized hardcover.


Don’t get me wrong I love each and every one, they connect me to the people that love me and are willing to listen  to me endlessly dissect her novels and sequels of her novels and other literature that I love…

Well I have found the best Persuasion so far,

The Annotated Persuasion: Annotated and edited by David M. Shapard


It is amazing how much the mind skips over or assumes more modern values when reading books of this vintage. It opened my eyes about somethings and confirmed some others. The novel really focuses on constancy and love versus other considerations in choosing a marriage partner.  The question arises, what are differences in modern terms of the the feelings of the characters mentioned in the novel.

For instance; In Miss Austen’s time, a gentlemen who had proposed to a lady couldn’t break that engagement without a scandal. It was presumed that he had a lot of time to think over this decision, and a change of mind could ruin both his reputation and particularly hers. It could turn into legal action on the part of her family. However the lady could change her mind and release him, provided that she didn’t repeat this with someone else, which would label her as a jilt. Jane Austen herself accepted a proposal and the following day changed her mind. She never married.

Conclusion: Highly recommend this book.  However If you haven’t read  Persuasion at least once, I wouldn’t start here. If you are rereading it and want to understand more about the world of the novel this is an excellent, very approachable academic examination of the novel. Very well laid out with text on left page and notes, drawings, and diagrams on right page.

(see also her other novels which have received this Annotated treatment)

Other Annotated reviews:

Pride and Prejudice


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Review: The Brontes

In a fit of madness, I purchased the complete collection of the Bronte Sisters for my Kobo Arc Ebook. (I must add it cost $2.88, via the Kobo store, the Delphi edition, it has everything, books, biographies, letters, criticism…everything) 

I also own the hardcover pocket version of these books

Over the years I have read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte at least a dozen times. I don’t know what draws me to the characters. Jane is unsinkable and Mr. Rochester is unlikable. Their lives are bleak, desperate, and sad. However, I find it to be, full of hope. Even in the most challenging moments of this most Gothic story, both characters find something within themselves and each other that helps them weather life’s storm.

I also have a couple of versions on Dvd. This is my Favourite.


Favourite Quote:

Charlotte Bronte also wrote 

Villette – read this years ago will reread to give a better review

The Professor – yet to read

Shirley – yet to read

Anne Bronte wrote

Tenant of Wildfell Hall – another favourite, well worth reading. Considered a first for Feminist literature, viewed as shocking for it’s time. Not as well known as some of the other Bronte works.

I also have an excellent BBC Dvd version

The novel is framed as a letter from Gilbert Markham to his friend and brother-in-law about the events leading to his meeting his wife. A mysterious young widow arrives at Wildfell Hall, an Elizabethan mansion which has been empty for many years, with her young son and servant. She lives there in strict seclusion under the assumed name Helen Graham and very soon finds herself the victim of local slander. Refusing to believe anything scandalous about her, Gilbert Markham, a young farmer, discovers her dark secrets. In her diary, Helen writes about her husband’s physical and moral decline through alcohol, and the world of debauchery and cruelty from which she has fled. This novel of marital betrayal is set within a moral framework tempered by Anne’s optimistic belief in universal salvation. (Synopsis From wikipedia)

I couldn’t have worded it better.

Favourite Quote:

Agnes Grey – yet to read

Emily Bronte wrote

Wuthering Heights – I know this one is considered as a masterpiece, however not my favourite. I find it too dark and brooding.

However for the Movie/Dvd, no one did a better Heathcliff than Sir Laurence!


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Reading List 2015

This is my list for 2015, with a one word review. 

* For longer review look at entries with Links

Please do not take my one word reviews as the only opinion when deciding wither to purchase/read any of the books on this list. Most of the negative reviews imply that I chose to leave the book unfinished.

I also invite you to comment on any book you have seen on this list, or other books you think I should read.

  1. * The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, ed. by David M. Shapard – Fascinating (TPB)
  2. The Annotated Persuasion by Jane Austen, ed. by David M. Shapard – Fascinating (TPB)
  3. Compulsively Mr. Darcy by Nina Benneton – Quirky (TPB)
  4. Gabriels Inferno by Sylvain Reynard – Surprising! (TPB)
  5. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler – Intricate (EB)
  6. Philosophy: 100 Essential Thinkers by Philip Stokes (PB)
  7. Holy Bible: NRSV with the Apocrypha – Daily (EB)
  8. Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard – (TPB)
  9. The Golden Thread: A readers journey through the great books by Bruce Meyer – Tour de force! (TPB)
  10. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell – Favourite (EB)
  11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte  – Pleasure (EB)
  12. The Warden by Anthony Trollope – Sweet  (EB)
  13. Longbourn by Jo Baker – Reveling  (TPB)

Note: HC = Hardcover, TPB = Trade Paperback, PB = Paperback, EB = Ebook

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