A lively bi-annual publication mailed to members in the spring and autumn, detailing recent and forthcoming Society and regional events, together with articles, letters and book reviews.

General enquiries concerning material for the Society’s News Letter, including those about books for review, should be sent to editor@jasoc.org.uk

No. 61

Autumn 2023

This issue of the News Letter includes the following:

This issue of the News Letter includes the following: 

  • Reports on the AGM at Winchester College, including 4 pages of reflections from members and the College, and an article by James Freeman remembering his mother Jean Freeman and how he came to offer the free bus service for AGM attendees. 
  • 3 pages on Society matters, including the Chairman’s Report, a report on Society membership, Trustee news, and an announcement about the London Study Day. 
  • 5 pages describing the activities and upcoming events of the 7 Branches and 2 Groups operating around the UK, plus relevant contact details. 
  • The latest news from Jane Austen’s House and Chawton House. 
  • An article investigating Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s character and function in Pride and Prejudice. 
  • An article on Jane Austen’s first Christmas – December 1775. 
  • A response to an article in News Letter no. 60 about Charlotte M. Yonge: this describes links between the writer and Eva Knatchbull-Hugessen, the granddaughter of Jane Austen’s favourite niece Fanny Knight. 
  • A report of two talks given by Professor John Mullan as part of the Mayfair Times Literary Festival 2023. 
  • An article on inflation in Jane Austen’s time. 

Book Reviews: 

  • Jane Austen’s wardrobe by Hilary Davidson, Yale University Press £25 
  • Women and property ownership in Jane Austen by Rita J. Dashwood, Peter Lang Ltd, £60 
  • The first celebrities: five Regency portraits by Peter James Bowman, Amberley Publishing, £22.99 

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Photographs from the 2024 AGM at Winchester College.