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Amanda Grange

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  1. It's hard to say. The release dates are so varied between hardback and paperback and US and UK that it's not really possible to know what spurs sales. It could be advertising, it could be people discovering the books for the first time, it could be reviews or it could be improved availability. For the record: Edmund Bertram's Diary is the only one currently still in print in hardback. Mr Darcy's Diary is out in paperback in both the UK and the US. Mr Knightley's Diary is out in paperback in the US, but not yet in the UK. The others aren't out yet in paperback, but will be out in the US next year. They'll also be out in the UK at some point but I don't have release dates yet. I hope that, if people discover the books with the latest one, they will want to read the others, but I don't have any way of knowing for sure if this happens.
  2. Edmund Bertram's Diary is out now, for details please visit my website at http://www.amandagrange.com
  3. It's about time for a remake. How about dropping a word in the BBC's ear, Bill? Richard Armitage would make a great Heathcliff and the girl who plays Marion would be a good Cathy - she looks right and they have brilliant on-screen chemistry. With a good script (I'm available ) it could be a definitive version.
  4. For Regency lovers! Please join us at Historical Romance UK http://www.historicalromanceuk.blogspot.com for our Christmas serial, running between now and Christmas, with original watercolour illustrations.
  5. I love Cranford, too. It's a gentle book but often very funny. It reminds me of books like Diary of a Nobody. Cranford (the place) is based on Knutsford and there's an interesting site here with watercolours from the time, details of the houses etc http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/EG-Knutsford.html
  6. And of course, it's easy to forget how radical the idea of Jane marrying Rochester was at the time. She was a governess, he was a wealthy man. I remember reading a contemporary comment from a woman who said that if she thought her governesses were harbouring any such feelings she would dismiss them at once. There are some interesting contemporary reviews here http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/cs6/bronte.html#reviews amongst which are "Jane Eyre is, indeed, one of the coarsest books which we ever perused" and "It is true Jane does right, and exerts great moral strength, but it is the strength of a mere heathen mind which is a law unto itself."
  7. I think Bronte is saying that these characteristics were necessary until Jane found what she wanted from life, so that she didn't get stuck with something she didn't want, ie a life as a teacher at Lowood, or as Rochester's fake wife when he had a wife still living, or a missionary. As for what she wanted, I don't think it was a man to love, I think it was Rochester, and that's a different thing.
  8. There's a Gone With the Wind-based book coming out in November, which is told from Rhett's point of view. It's fully authorised by the Margaret Mitchell estate and, interestingly, it's written by a man http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312262515/ref=wl_it_dp/002-5252214-5336844?
  9. Has anyone heard anything about this? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0361416/
  10. Snowbooks, a new publisher, are giving away free books in order to raise their profile. I've read two of their books and both were excellent. The Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower was literary/ historical, about the people who made the Bayeux tapestry, and The Other Eden by Sarah Bryant was a Gothic, with lush descriptive prose, an old house and a secret. Again, it was towards the literary end of the Gothic spectrum, and I think people who love Rebecca will love it. http://www.snowbooks.com/freebooksclub.html
  11. And of course Tolkien simplified the process by just calling his mythical location The Shire
  12. The 'lots of fun' in my signature links to "Lots of Fun at "Finnegans Wake" at the moment. Poor old Joyce will be turning in his grave
  13. Some of the places probably needed to be genuinely veiled. Charlotte based Lowood school on her own experiences at Cowan Bridge School. Four of the sisters, Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Emily were sent there as young children (Maria was 10, Emily was 5). Poor sanitation and poor food contributed to the deaths of the two oldest girls, Maria and Elizabeth, who were sent home with tubercolosis, of which they died a few months later. Charlotte based Helen Burns on Maria. She also based Mr Brocklehurst on The Rev Carus Wilson. In case anyone hasn't seen it, I thought I'd post a link to a photograph of Charlotte, taken on her honeymoon. She based Jane Eyre physically on herself, calling herself plain, but I think she's pretty. http://mick-armitage.staff.shef.ac.uk/anne/charlott.jpg
  14. To celebrate the fact that Heyer has recently been classified as a Classic Author by the library system, we're running a series of blogs about Heyer and her far-reaching influence on the Historical Romance UK blog here: http://historicalromanceuk.blogspot.com/ The first post, up today, gives biographical information, so if you're a Heyer fan, please drop by. (To the moderators, I'm not sure if this is the best place for this, so please could someone move it if it's in the wrong forum?)
  15. Top 10, in order : Jane Austen Emily Bronte Douglas Adams Georgette Heyer P G Wodehouse E F Benson Sir Walter Scott J R R Tolkien Anthony Trollope Henry James
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