Jane Austen

Jane Austen finds a surprising fan in the Bank of England’s Mark Carney

20 July 2017 12:32

Winchester Cathedral, where Jane Austen was laid to rest 200 years ago this week, was the venue chosen for the…

Watch: Andrea Leadsom hails Jane Austen as one of our ‘greatest living authors’

20 July 2017 12:15

Oh dear. Although there has been much excitement this week at the news that Jane Austen will feature on the…

Would Jane Austen be amused or bemused by her £10 note quotation?

18 July 2017 14:55

So, the new tenner has been unveiled today. Two centuries after her death, Jane Austen replaces Charles Darwin, who has…

Forget genre: P.D. James wrote novels that are worth reading and re-reading

28 November 2014 13:22

P.D. James was the Queen Mother of crime fiction. Her career as a writer stretched over half a century, and…

P.D. James (1920 – 2014) on Jane Austen and the joys of great-grandparenting

27 November 2014 13:57

P.D. James died today at the age of 94. She was a great friend of The Spectator. Here is her diary…

Why boys love Jane Austen

2 September 2014 12:36

When I first read Jane Austen I had an ulterior motive. I wanted to impress a girl who read her.…

We can do better than Jane Austen

29 July 2013 8:11

Was Jane Austen really the best idea the women could come up with? Furious campaigning from feminists has resulted in…

Jane Austen on banknotes – the right person for the wrong reason

26 July 2013 16:34

So the huge online campaign and (rather strange) legal action won in the end: Jane Austen is to appear on…

Jane Austen and Winston Churchill are practically the only credible banknote candidates

26 June 2013 12:37

Silly season is here. A minor row has broken out over which long-dead figures should appear on the reverse side…

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Jane Austen! Why can’t we have Anjem Choudary on the new ten pound note?

25 June 2013 17:18

I see that they have gone for Jane Austen as the face of the new ten pound note, after a…

Jane Austen’s pinny

28 May 2013 9:30

This is the third entry in an occasional series by Christopher Fletcher, Keeper of Special Collections at the Bodleian Library.…

What’s love got to do with it?

30 January 2013 15:56

In her Times column on Monday (£), Libby Purves valiantly attempted to fit together two things that were obviously on…