Just quote a couple of spoiler-free sentences the book you’re reading to tempt other readers.
Here is mine:-
“Prisoner in the dock, what is your name?
“Jane Austen, sir,” said Jane crisply
I am a clerk in the court of the dead. All mortals may have charges to answer here before they can settle. Today six ladies – Mrs Bennet, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mrs Ferrars, Mrs Churchill, Lady Russell and Mrs Norris – have bought charges against a Miss Jane Austen. She is their creator, but they allege that she maliciously undercut the respect due from youth to age. I wonder how it will go…
All of this comes from the short story Jane Austen Over The Styx by Victoria Owens, winner of the Jane Austen Short Story Award 2009.
The longlisted entries are collected in Dancing With Mr Darcy.
And forthcoming? Well, I don’t usually plan in advance, but this weekend I am having an Austen-fest to round off my Everything Austen challenge.
Friday – The modern take on Austen on film – Bride and Prejudice
Saturday – The Austen-inspired short stories – Dancing With Mr Darcy
Sunday – The early writings – Love and Friendship
Watch this space!