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No 49

Autumn 2017

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:

  • Summary of the range of events and activities prompted by the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death.

  • Details and image of an unknown fragment from one of Jane Austen's letters recently discovered in September 2017.

  • Report of the special memorial service held in Westminster Abbey on Saturday 15 July to commemorate the above 200th anniversary.

  • Details of a similar memorial service held in Winchester Cathedral on Tuesday 18 July.

  • Further brief reports on additional commemorative events organised by Branches and Groups around the UK.

  • Diary of Events currently organised for 2017/18 by Branches and Groups in the UK, plus relevant contact details.

  • Extensive review of the Jane Austen Study Day held in Senate House, London, in February 2017.

  • A moving tribute to the life and achievements of the Society's former Trustee and Treasurer, Jill Williams, who died earlier this year.

  • Full details of the forthcoming Society Study Day in February 2018, including the various options for the application for tickets.

  • Reflections on Jane Austen in this significant year by the curator of the Jane Austen House Museum, Mary Guyatt.

  • Overview of forthcoming activities at Chawton House Library.

  • Review of article in The Economist on the demographics of childlessness which included a relevant and thoughtful quotation from Emma.

  • Report on the 2017 AGM of the Alliance of Literary Societies, hosted this year by the Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen Societies.

  • Book Reviews:
      Jane Austen and Performance, by Marina Cano (Palgrave Macmillan), 66.99
      The Joy of Jane, edited by Tim Bullamore (Lansdown Media), 14.99
      A Secret Sisterhood, by Emily Midorokawal and Emma Claire Sweeney (Aurum Press), 20.00
      James Cawthorn, George Austen and the Curious Case of the Schoolboy Who was Killed, by Martin J Cawthorne (Matador), 12.99
      Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney, by Jessica A Volz (Anthem Press), 70.00
      Jane Austen's Transatlantic Sister: The Life and Letters of Fanny Palmer Austen, by Sheila Johnson Kindred (McGill-Queen's University Press), 28.99
      The Spirituality of Jane Austen, by Paula Hollingsworth (Lion Hudson), 9.99
      Jane Austen at Home, by Lucy Worsley (Hodder & Stoughton), 25.00
      Archaeology Greets Jane Austen - by unearthing her birthplace and first home, by Deborah Charlton (privately printed), 15 plus postage. (The book may be purchased by either sending an e-mail to or purchased by post (UK residents only) by sending a request with your address and a cheque for 15 plus 1.30 postage to Archeo Briton, 86 Stag Hill, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 6JQ)
      Jane Austen and Philosophy, edited by Mimi Marinucci (Rowman and Littlefield)
      Jane Austen, the Banker's Sister, by E J Clery (Biteback Publishing), 20.00