Jane Austen’s life is shrouded in mystery. She was an unusual woman for her time, holding firm to her values. She believed in love matches; her stories are full of unlikely couples, yet she remained unmarried.
Jane Austen knew that people become addicted to the thrill of fiction. She was more clever than Pride and Prejudice; she understood humans and how they behave. Northanger Abbey was more relatable to me than Pride and Prejudice.
Happy Halloween! On the most magical day of the year, I'm sure many of you are bracing yourselves for the winter, preparing to write novels, or simply enjoying your pumpkin spice while wearing oversized hoodies (I am). With a new novel to plan myself, I'm staying in today, but that doesn't mean I'll ignore the … Continue reading Wild Strawberries: Angela Thirkell’s Warped Downton Abbey
This morning we were late to Charles de Gaulle airport. Not only that, but a couple of our carry-on bags were overweight, and we had to check them. Someone sent us to the wrong gate, on the other side of the terminal. By the time we crossed the terminal, everyone else had boarded the plane … Continue reading A Dramatic Trip to London
Paragraphs can be so telling. Here, I'm going to compare two passages from David Copperfield that made their way into my reading journal because of their devastating depth. Here is the first: When my mother is out of breath and rests herself in an elbow-chair, I watch her winding her bright curls round her fingers … Continue reading David Copperfield: Contrast of Summer and Winter