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New year, new round of Jane Austen links

Tired from the hectic holiday season? Wondering what you’ve missed while you’ve been running around shopping, cooking, baking, giving, O Christmas Tree-ing? Read on!


If you’re looking for an audio version of “Persuasion” to read before we convene in June, act fast: BBC 4 Radio is broadcasting the book as part of its “Book at Bedtime” series. The book — broken into 10 episodes — is read by Samantha Bond. That name sound familiar? She played Fanny in 1983’s “Mansfield Park” and Aunt Rosamund in “Downton Abbey.” There are a few weeks left to listen to Episode 1 for free. Happy listening!

In a move reminiscent of Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, England released new plastic £5 bills — four of them with an extremely rare Jane Austen mark. How much are the Austen-marked bills worth? £50,000. Would you sell one?

Jane Austen, the Secret Radicaldoesn’t hit American stores until May 2, but here’s a review from the Guardian about this book.

A new play had its “rolling premiere” across the country this holiday season.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” a “sequel” of sorts that puts Mary Bennet in the center of a romance during the holidays with her sister. Did you get a chance to see it?

A look at the 20th-century version of Jane Austen’s Emma: Cher, from “Clueless.”

The comfort of Austen in trying times. We knew this already, of course!

We asked this question of our Facebook readers: If you had to describe Jane Austen in three adjectives, what would they be? Let us know in the comments!



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