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No 50

Spring 2018

A lively bi-annual publication mailed to members in the spring and autumn, detailing recent and forthcoming Society and regional events, together with articles, letters, book reviews and advertisements.

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All other enquiries about the Society (not related to advertising or publications) should be directed to the Honorary Secretary, 20 Parsonage Road, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9JG, or by e-mail to

This issue of the Newsletter includes the following:

  • Brief summary of the donation by the Scottish Branch of a complete set of the Society's Annual Reports to the Glasgow Women's Library.

  • Detailed summary of the events enjoyed by members at the Society's Annual Conference in Bath last September.

  • Tribute to Patrick Stokes for organising the Society's Annual Conferences over the course of the past 17 years, followed by contributions by several members reflecting their memories of a selection of these events over this extensive period.

  • Brief report on the planting of the new Jane Austen Rose in the gardens of Jane Austen's House in Chawton.

  • Diary of Events currently organised for 2018 by Branches and Groups in the UK, plus relevant contact details.

  • Brief summary by the Society Chairman of the various additional special events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death.

  • Brief summary by the Society Membership Secretary on membership application and renewals.

  • Tributes following the death last year of two notable actors who portrayed Jane Austen characters in acclaimed TV productions of her novels.

  • Full text of the winning essay from the David Selwyn Memorial Prize 2017 written by a pupil from Bristol Grammar School.

  • Report by the Jane Austen House Museum of events organised there in 2017.

  • Similar report by Chawton House, including reference to the change of name of this location.

  • Book Reviews:
      Jane and Dorothy: A True Tale of Sense and Sensibility by Marian Veevers, Sandstone Press, 17.99
      The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser, Johns Hopkins University Press, 22
      Reading Austen in America by Juliette Wells, Bloomsbury Academic, 16.99
      Satire, Celebrity and Politics in Jane Austen by Jocelyn Harris, Lewisburg Bucknell University Press, 75
      What Regency Women did for us by Rachel Knowles, Pen & Sword History, 12.99
      Jane Austen, Netley Abbey & Gothic Romanticism by Simon Sandall, John Hare & Cheryl Butler; Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society, Hampshire Papers (Series 2), No 5, 8.00
      Jane Austen and Southampton Spa by Cheryl Butler, The Diaper Heritage Association, 5 plus 2.50 p&p via
      The Accomplished Lady, A History of Genteel Pursuits c.1660-1860 by Noel Ridley, Oblong, 47.50

  • Back page: Pictures from the 2017 Bath Conference