Author Archives: Allie Cresswell

A Lovely Cup of Tea.

A Lovely Cup of Tea.

There has recently been a furore in the world of social media concerning the correct way to make tea. This video was posted by two charming and entirely well-meaning but, unfortunately, woefully mis-informed ladies. This video went viral. It made me feel ill. An alternative was posted by JE Stanway, on the Jane Austen Fan… more goodness …

Enscombe and the Churchills. What Frank had to endure. Excerpt.

Enscombe and the Churchills. What Frank had to endure. Excerpt.

Nobody has much time for Frank Churchill, and little wonder. He comes across in the novel and various film adaptations as selfish and unreliable. He uses people to serve his own ends, flirting with Emma, and patronising his father and step-mother. He is deceitful and duplicitous. Mr Knightley doesn’t like him and that counts for… more goodness …

Jane Fairfax – so much more intriguing than Emma Woodhouse

Jane Fairfax – so much more intriguing than Emma Woodhouse

‘Emma’ has always been my favourite Jane Austen novel. I studied it in detail at school and then again at University. Imagine if ‘Persuasion’ has been on the syllabus? My Highbury Trilogy would never have been written! In it I have explored the more minor characters who have always intrigued me; Mrs Bates, her two… more goodness …

Austenesque in many ways – except the time frame. Excerpt, giveaway and bargain!

Austenesque in many ways – except the time frame. Excerpt, giveaway and bargain!

Minerva Price married late in life, long after such felicitation was expected for her. The marriage was happy, but short. After only six years she was left a widow. The arrangement of her late husband’s affairs added to her sorrows – home, capital and income were left to the children of his previous marriage. Against… more goodness …

Disability – a thorny issue to grasp

Disability – a thorny issue to grasp

I can think of no character in Jane Austen’s completed works who would qualify as what we understand today as being ‘disabled’. And yet it seemed to me that a book set in Brighton in the 1780s would be unrealistic if it did not include at least one character physically incapacitated in some way. Brighton… more goodness …

Writing a prequel – like unravelling the threads of a beautiful tapestry.

Writing a prequel – like unravelling the threads of a beautiful tapestry.

The Other Miss Bates is the second book in the Highbury series, in which I explore the possibilities of life for the inhabitants of that quiet Surrey town thirty years before they are brought to life by Jane Austen in Emma. Usually, writing a book involves taking separate strands of story – character, plot, setting… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Allie Cresswell’s “Oh! I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside!” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Allie Cresswell’s “Oh! I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside!” Giveaway

Austen Authors is honored to announce the winners of Allie Cresswell‘s “Oh! I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside!” Giveaway. Linda A. will have her choice of either a print or eBook copy of any of Ms. Cresswll’s Highbury titles. Congratulations, Linda. You may choose from Dear Jane, The Other Mrs. Bates or Mrs. Bates… more goodness …

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside! + Giveaway!

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside! + Giveaway!

Jane Austen famously writes of the minutiae of life; her books often centred on a single house or area. Emma takes place exclusively in the Surrey village of Highbury and although a few characters travel outside its precincts Emma and the reader never do. For my Highbury Trilogy, however, I had to venture further afield… more goodness …

A sense of history

A sense of history

Jane Austen’s novels are loved today, in part, for the sense of history they evoke; those elegant drawing rooms and the graceful life-style of Regency ladies within them – such a far cry from our stressed and utilitarian, tech-driven world. The erudite conversation. The courtly, restrained attentions of well-dressed gentlemen – the suppressed passion of… more goodness …