Winner and Jane Austen in the News

First, let me congratulate Vona! You’ve won an ebook of your choice of my titles (see the list at my Risky Books page). I’ll be sending you an email. If you don’t receive it for any reason, feel free to email me at elena @ (no spaces).

Now to today’s post.

jabenchOnce again Jane Austen’s making the rounds in the news and social media.

Mary Balogh shared this image of the Pride and Prejudice Bookbench in the “Books About Town” series. More on the P&P bench here and the whole series here.

While I love the idea, I agree with Mary Balogh that this particular bench could have been better executed. I don’t object to the cartoony style overall, but it feels a little too crude for me, the layout feels a bit random and why don’t we get an image of Darcy? I love many of the other benches (Mrs Dalloway, Peter Pan and more) so I wish this one were as good.

janeHere’s something I did like. The Jane Austen Centre has just unveiled a new waxwork of Jane Austen, said to be based on forensic research and contemporary eyewitness accounts. I was a little surprised to see the gingery hair. The description says it’s brown so I wonder if it’s the lighting. The nose definitely looks Austen-ish. (I remember reading that Jane’s mother prided herself on her Roman nose.) And she looks intelligent and in possession of a good sense of humor, which feels right. Read more about the waxwork here.

So what do you think of the Pride and Prejudice Bookbench? Did you like any of the others? How about the Jane Austen waxwork?


About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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2 Responses to Winner and Jane Austen in the News

  1. peg260 says:

    I think they could have did a better job

  2. Given how little visual evidence there is of how Jane looked, I am impressed that they’ve even attempted to do a wax figure. Not sure quite what’s going on with her hair, but I do like the facial expression they’ve captured –bright, intelligent, and that quirky smile that hints of amusement and keen observation. I think it works!!
    I am not impressed with the P&P bench, sorry to say.

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