Author Archives: Georgina Young-Ellis

Far From the Austen Crowd

Far From the Austen Crowd

Recently, I re-read Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy as it was my book group’s selection for January. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it to you. For those of us who love 19th century English literature beyond Jane Austen, Madding Crowd is one of the best of the Victorian period in my opinion.… more goodness …

A Happy Christmas Excerpt and Giveaway!

Christmas is almost upon us! I’m sure many readers and authors here on Austen Authors celebrate the holiday, while others have different celebrations and traditions. No matter what festivities we enjoy, the holiday season is usually full of family. Sometimes that’s great; sometimes not so much. In my holiday JAFF, Pemberley Park – The Twelve Days… more goodness …

Jane at Our Table

Jane at Our Table

Obviously, there was no Thanksgiving in Regency England, nor is there now, of course, since it originated with the pilgrims who came to the new world to escape religious persecution, and who celebrated one year of survival (well, certainly not all of them survived, but those who did celebrated), by inviting the native people of… more goodness …

A Northanger Abbey Halloween

A Northanger Abbey Halloween

I’ve been thinking about Jane Austen and Halloween – two subjects that don’t really go together in spite of the cute pumpkins we see with her cameo painted or carved on them. Jane Austen didn’t write the kind of Gothic horror novels she both made fun of in Northanger Abbey, and hinted that she might enjoy.… more goodness …

Books That Changed my World

Books That Changed my World

About a year ago, I posted on Austen Authors about the book group I’d joined. Now, several months later, I’m still entranced with the group and its choice of reading materials. Not all have been to my taste, but each book has expanded my viewpoint in one way or another. For example, I don’t always… more goodness …

Film or Novel, Jane’s Appeal is Universal

Film or Novel, Jane’s Appeal is Universal

In my post from last month I mentioned that my poor, maligned brother doesn’t ‘get’ Jane Austen on any level. Turns out that is not the case. Apparently, he ‘gets’ Sense and Sensibility, according to him – the movie anyway, and this is all thanks to the comely Kate Winslet and her tragic appeal. He… more goodness …

A Conversation Between Me and My Jane Austen Action Figure

A Conversation Between Me and My Jane Austen Action Figure

There she sits, on my bookcase, strategically placed in front of my Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen collection. She stands, sealed in her plastic box, day after day, one arm slightly raised, her plastic pen and book neatly stored in their plastic niches in the plastic packaging. Sometimes I notice her, sometimes I forget to. Two… more goodness …

Lichfield Arts Festival Celebrates Anniversary of Austen’s Death

Lichfield Arts Festival Celebrates Anniversary of Austen’s Death

For those of you who live in the UK, there’s a wonderful event coming up July 7-15th, 2017, called the Lichfield Arts Festival, which, I understand, is West Midland’s pre-eminent multi-arts Festival. Jane Austen fans will be particularly interested because this year the festival is memorializing the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death. Ellie Turner, one… more goodness …

Channeling Jane in Portland

Channeling Jane in Portland

I live in a place that inspires my Jane Austen-related writing, and it’s not England. I reside in Portland, Oregon, a fairly new transplant here. Typically, one wouldn’t think that a hipster/hippie-centric city with a Pacific rain forest climate would bring to mind England, and yet it does. Portland is called the Rose City, first of… more goodness …

Jane Meets Will

Jane Meets Will

I consider myself somewhat of a Shakespeare buff – not an expert, per se, not a scholar, in a formal sense, but an enthusiast never-the-less. I used to be an actor, and have performed many of Shakespeare’s well-loved works. I  have also studied his plays, both formally and informally to a large extent, and have… more goodness …