05 February 2013

Today's Read and Giveaway: The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret C. Sullivan

So you think you'd like to live in Regency England? The servants, the loose everyday dresses, the rich men looking for a wife—it sure sounds great. But how would a modern woman know how to act?

[On keeping house]
Oversee the servants. Much of the daily interaction with the servants can be delegated to your housekeeper, but at the least you should know the name and function of each person working in your house.

[On raising children]
Give them treats. If all else fails, liberal slices of cake solve many child-rearing problems.

[On declining a marriage proposal]
Distract him. Introduce him to a girlfriend who is not as picky as you are.
The Jane Austen Handbook: Proper Life Skills from Regency England by Margaret C. Sullivan (Quirk Books, 2007, pp. 59, 72, 117)

Quick Facts
  • What is it about? Everything you'd ever want to know about how to behave, marry, run a house, attend a ball, and more in Regency England
  • Fun extras: period crafts and card games; line art; lists of Austen movies and modern print retellings
  • Who would like it? Jane Austen fans, Regency fans, anyone curious about life in the past
  • Genre: nonfiction with a good dose of humor and based on Austen's plot lines and characters
  • Miscellaneous: last week was the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice
The Giveaway

Thanks to Quirk Books, I am pleased to be able to offer one of my readers a copy of the fun and informative Jane Austen Handbook. Here's how to enter for a chance to win: Just fill out the following form and I will pick a winner on Valentine's Day. Because the publishing company will be mailing out the book, the giveaway is limited to readers with a U.S. mailing address (no post office box addresses, please). I'll delete the data in this form once a winner has been selected and confirmed. Good luck.

Buy The Jane Austen Handbook at an indie or at a bookstore near you. (Link leads to an affiliate program.)
ISBN-13: 9781594745058

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Laurie C 2/5/13, 6:50 AM  

I can't believe Pride and Prejudice is 200 years old!

Laurel-Rain Snow 2/5/13, 7:51 AM  

Sounds really good! Thanks for sharing...and here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

Paulita 2/5/13, 10:29 AM  

This might be fun. I don't think I'd like to live in Regency England. I enjoy modern plumbing too much. Here's My Tuesday Teaser

Zibilee 2/5/13, 11:45 AM  

This does sound like a lot of fun, and like something that I would love. I am not sure I would like to live during that time period, but it would be fun to see how the authors of this one give their how to advice.

Daryl 2/5/13, 1:47 PM  

loved all the old Georgette Heyer Regency novels

CNJ JASNA 2/5/13, 2:25 PM  

Just shared on our Facebook Page with our followers

Julie P. 2/5/13, 2:53 PM  

Great way to celebrate the 200th anniversary!

Heather 2/5/13, 3:08 PM  

Sounds like an interesting read! My teaser: If Walls Could Talk

Jenners 2/5/13, 8:19 PM  

Based on those tidbits, I'd thrive in the Regency times!

Nise' 2/5/13, 8:43 PM  

Sounds like a fun book.

Yvonne 2/5/13, 9:58 PM  

Sounds great - thanks for the giveaway!

JoAnn 2/6/13, 7:55 AM  

Great giveaway - thanks!

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