Author Archives: Eliza Shearer

Did Jane Austen Play Regency Monopoly? A Look at a Georgian Board Game

Did Jane Austen Play Regency Monopoly? A Look at a Georgian Board Game

 “The Most Agreeable & Rational Recreation Ever Invented” During a recent visit to Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood, I was drawn to one of the exhibits, a board game called The New Game of Human Life. Published in London in 1790, it was aimed at the family market and was the British adaptation of a French game, Le… more goodness …

The East India Company, the World’s Most Powerful Corporation 

The East India Company, the World’s Most Powerful Corporation 

“Do you understand muslins, sir?” “Particularly well; I always buy my own cravats, and am allowed to be an excellent judge; and my sister has often trusted me in the choice of a gown. I bought one for her the other day, and it was pronounced to be a prodigious bargain by every lady who… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Eliza Shearer’s “Celebrating the Launch of Miss Price’s Decision”

Announcing the Winner of Eliza Shearer’s “Celebrating the Launch of Miss Price’s Decision”

    Austen Authors is honored to announce the winner of Eliza Shearer‘s “Celebrating the Launch of Miss Price’s Decision” Giveaway. Patricia Finnegan will receive an eBook copy of Ms. Shearer‘s Miss Price’s Decision. Congratulations, Patricia. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules on Austen… more goodness …

Celebrating the Launch of Miss Price’s Decision: Excerpt & Giveaway

Celebrating the Launch of Miss Price’s Decision: Excerpt & Giveaway

I am delighted to announce the imminent launch of Miss Price’s Decision, my second novel in the Austeniana series, which focuses on the stories of the younger sisters of Austen’s heroes and heroines.  If Miss Darcy’s Beaux told the story of Georgiana Darcy, now it is the turn of Susan Price, Fanny’s younger sister in… more goodness …

Jane Austen Adaptations: My Fantasy Cast (I)

Jane Austen Adaptations: My Fantasy Cast (I)

The latest film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, the unfinished Sanditon, will air very soon. No doubt, a crucial element to ensure its success will be the cast. So far, in the short trailer at least, the choice of actors looks promising. Unfortunately that is not always the case, and casting mistakes often abound… more goodness …

Birth Order in Jane Austen’s Families

Birth Order in Jane Austen’s Families

Birth order has an impact on your personality and behaviour, according to many psychologists. Some of the stereotypes related to sibling birth order have primarily been confirmed by scientific studies, but at Jane Austen’s time, such observations would have remained anecdotal only. Whether you trust said studies or not, it is worth checking out what… more goodness …

Brides, Grooms and Weddings in Jane Austen’s Novels

Brides, Grooms and Weddings in Jane Austen’s Novels

The wedding season is well and truly upon us. I have three weddings this year, two of them in the next few weeks, which has got me thinking about how vow exchanging ceremonies feature in Jane Austen’s novels… The Tradition “It was a very proper wedding. The bride was elegantly dressed; the two bridesmaids were… more goodness …

The Financial Implications of Marriage During the Regency

The Financial Implications of Marriage During the Regency

Much has been said about the importance of finding a husband for Jane Austen’s female characters. During the Regency, marriage was more about personal finances than romantic love, and although Austen’s novels give the latter a starring role, the former is always in the background. A Choice for a Few For a minority of heroines,… more goodness …

On Handsome – and Not so Handsome – Leading Men in Jane Austen’s Novels

On Handsome – and Not so Handsome – Leading Men in Jane Austen’s Novels

I finally got around watching the 2008 Sense and Sensibility BBC adaptation. It is beautifully shot, with stunning locations, a historically accurate wardrobe and a very competent cast. I wasn’t too fond of the script or direction at times, but I liked the two central characters, Elinor and Marianne. I was particularly pleased to see… more goodness …