Anthony Trollope – prolific novelist and inveterate traveller – explored Australia and New Zealand in the 1870s. In completing this odyssey, he became the first celebrity in popular culture to visit the Australasian colonies. His memoir inspired by those travels (Australia and New Zealand) was described by The Times as ‘the best account’ of those lands ‘yet published’.
Now, to mark the bicentenary of Trollope’s birth, the Australian author Nigel Starck reveals the full story: the mix of acclamation and condemnation that Anthony Trollope provoked; his encounters with gold prospectors, the Aborigines of Australia and the Maori of New Zealand, pioneers, and convicts; his constant battles with the colonial press; the son whose life as a sheep farmer inspired a novel; and the ancient baronetcy inherited by Trollope’s Australian descendants after misadventure and misfortune elsewhere in the extended family.
The First Celebrity is published on June 22. You can pre-order your copy now at www.trollope-australia.com
A celebration of Jane Austen is taking place at Salterbridge House in Cappoquin, Co Waterford, on Sunday, October 6.
Set amid beautiful grounds above the river Blackwater, Salterbridge House, built in 1750, is an ideal place to celebrate Jane Austen. The house and oak-panelled hall sets the scene for a feast of Jane Austen activities. Regency dress is optional, though there will be a prize for the best dressed participant. Changing rooms will be available for those who wish to complete their toilette on arrival.
Dr Sophia Hillan, author and lecturer on Irish literature will speak about “Cassandra’s Star, Jane Austen’s nieces in Ireland”. This talk expands on her successful recent work: May, Lou and Cass, and brings new and exciting detail to the topic. Signed copies of this book will be available to buy on the day.
In the afternoon Empire Line Productions present Ladies of Jane, Scenes and Musings from the Pen of Jane Austen, directed by Mary Curtin and starring Judy Donovan, Rachel O’Connell and Vanessa Hyde.
The full programme is:
10.30 am Coffee with a short talk about Salterbridge House
11.00 am Lecture Cassandra’s Star : Jane Austen’s nieces in Ireland
1.00 pm Luncheon in Salterbridge House Dining Room
2.45 pm Theatre Ladies of Jane, Scenes and Musings from the Pen of Jane Austen
4.00 pm Afternoon Tea in the drawing room and Costume Parade & Judging
A full-day ticket (numbers strictly limited) costs €75, including all refreshments. Lecture-only/play-only tickets cost €25 per session.
Booking: 058 54952/ 087 2030763 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The sunny front cover invites you to partake of a cooling Southern cocktail, one of a number of recipes from a rare, Prohibition-era book printed on illustrated cocktail napkins (item 74, £5,000).
As well as early and rare Jane Austen editions, the fully illustrated catalogue includes works by the Brontë sisters, Agatha Christie, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, Dostoevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Daphne Du Maurier, George Eliot, Henry Fielding, Ian Fleming, Kahlil Gibran, James Joyce, John Keats, Siegfried Sassoon, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse, and W. B. Yeats.
Children’s authors are well represented too, with well-known first editions of titles by Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, A. A. Milne, Michael Morpurgo, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Rackham, J. K. Rowling, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and E. B. White.
The catalogue also contains some early Bibles, travel books, interesting jazz books, original manuscripts, and contemporary art prints. Prices range from £500 up to just under £10,000.
The tea-shop is known for its vast display of tea-pots and is a welcome stop for Jane Austen fans who have made the pilgrimage to the cottage where the Austen family once lived.
The business might well suits a Janeite looking for a ‘lifestyle’ opportunity. More details in the September/October edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine or from Charter’s estate agents, in Winchester. The asking price is £650,000.
Jane Austen’s House Museum has raised more than £100,000 as part of an appeal to raise £152,450 to keep a ring once owned by the author in Britain after it was bought by a US popstar.
Kelly Clarkson acquired the turquoise and gold ring at auction at Sotheby’s in London last year, but Ed Vaizey, the Culture Minister, put an export ban on it until September 30 to allow someone in Britain “to show a serious expression of interest to buy the ring”. They must then produce the funds by December.
This “serious expression of interest” has now been lodged by the museum, which is based in Chawton, Hampshire, and today the appeal has received a £100,000 anonymous donation.
Louise West, from the museum, said: “We are very confident we can match this price.”
The museum was unable to raise enough cash at the time of the original sale, but hopes to get enough funds in place by December. It
has also invited Ms Clarkson to the museum. So far the singer has not replied.
Jane Austen’s House Museum already displays two other pieces of jewellery owned by the writer – a turquoise bracelet and a topaz cross. Until it was sold, the ring had remained in the Austen family. (PA)
Jane Austen is to feature on the next £10 note, the Bank of England says, avoiding a long-term absence of women represented on banknotes.
The author will be the next face of the note, replacing Charles Darwin, probably in 2017, the 200th anniversary of her death.
George Osborne, the Chancellor, tweeted that the move showed “sense and sensibility”.
In April, the Bank prompted a high-profile campaign against the prospect of having no female characters, besides the Queen, on the UK’s currency.
It had announced that Sir Winston Churchill would be put on the £5 note from 2016, replacing social reformer Elizabeth Fry.
The latest announcement means that women could be absent from newly issued banknotes for up to a year, although the Elizabeth Fry £5 note will still be in circulation.
Banknotes are redesigned on a relatively frequent basis, in order to maintain security and prevent forgeries.
The most recent new design from the Bank of England to enter circulation was the £50 note. This features Matthew Boulton and James Watt, who were most celebrated for bringing the steam engine into the textile manufacturing process.
The decision to replace Elizabeth Fry on the £5 note prompted protests and discussions about female representation on banknotes, but Jane Austen was thought to have already been part of the Bank’s plans for the next new note.
The Bank said in a statement that it was “never the Bank’s intention” that none of the four characters on banknotes would be a woman.
“Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes. Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature,” said Mark Carney, the new governor of the Bank of England.
Jane Austen will be the 17th historical figure to appear on Bank of England notes.
The fibreglass sculpture of the actor’s head and torso stretches 12ft out of the water at The Serpentine in Hyde Park, Central London.
It has been built to mark the launch of Drama, a new British TV channel after the famous Darcy scene topped a recent poll to find the the most memorable moment in British TV drama.
The scene appeared in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, which was published 200 years ago. The image of Firth emerging dripping wet from the lake at Lyme Park in Cheshire caused a stir and turned the actor into a sex symbol.
The model took a team of three sculptors more than two months to design, construct and paint. Toby Crowther, the lead sculptor, said: “The challenge for us was capturing the spirit of Darcy as handsome and noble but also aloof and proud.”
The sculpture will tour a number of locations before being installed in Lyme Park, where it will remain until February. (PA)
The July/August issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World is being mailed this week to a record number of subscribers. It will also be live on the Magzter site for digital subscribers from July 1.
In the new issue you can read about:
- Austenland: we speak to Jerusha Hess about her new film depicting one woman’s amazing hunt for her Mr Darcy
- Read our exclusive preview of this year’s Jane Austen Festival in Bath
- The Countess of Jersey, serial adultress and debauchee is this issue’s Regency Rogue
- Letters from Jane: a look at Austen’s correspondence
- Plump cheeks and thick ankles: Jane Austen used appearance to size up her characters
- A social reformer and a place called Harmony: the tale of Robert Owen
Plus news from the Jane Austen societies in the UK and Australia, book reviews, all the latest news, quiz, and much, much more. To subscribe click here.
The bindings on early editions of Jane Austen’s works can have a huge effect on their value. Peter Harrington, the leading rare book shop in Britain, has now posted a video on the subject. In it Adam Douglas, a senior specialist in early literature at the store, introduces a selection of Jane Austen’s first editions and explains how the binding affects their value. You can watch the video here.
For more information about Peter Harrington and the early books they sell, see the news story and their advertisement in the current edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine
Özgür Çiçek and Irmak Ertuna-Howison will celebrate the 200th year anniversary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice with a radio show on Açık Radyo (94.9), the listener-supported independent radio station based in Istanbul, Turkey.
Beginning on May 1, the programme will discuss Jane Austen, her writing, her world, cultural changes, and gender politics every Wednesday at 7.30pm. The first episode will aptly discuss the theme of work in Austen’s novels. For more details and podcasts: http://austenleadabimuaseret.blogspot.com/