April A-Z: J is for Jane Austen

I’m a huge fan of Jane Austen, and along with many others my favourite book is Pride and Prejudice – I really love the ‘obstinate, headstrong girl’ that is Lizzie Bennet.

But to my surprise I also really enjoyed reading ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ by crime writer PD James, set several years on from Pride and Prejudice but still following the lives of the same favourite characters as they deal with the emotional upheaval of a scandalous murder and subsequent public trial potentially destroying the Darcy’s good family name, along with a thoroughly satisfactory denouement. And yes, as one of many sub-plots the guy still gets the girl in the end!

Rather than taking a purist standpoint I was happy to allow for some artistic licence and just be carried along by the excellent narrative, taking it all at face value and enjoying it for what it is – a brilliantly written historical murder mystery incorporating well-rounded characters we already know and love…  

Life events have conspired to pull me away from blogging over the last couple of months, and the idea of taking part in this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge seems like a good way to try to get back into the habit of reading and posting regularly. Originally I thought of just using any old random words to go with the particular letter of the day, but realistically without a clear theme to work towards I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my focus for a full month… So instead I’ve opted for a relatively simple, if slightly self-indulgent work-around: This year I’ll be posting 26 things about me, nothing too taxing to write about yet still fulfilling the brief!

5 thoughts on “April A-Z: J is for Jane Austen

  1. I am also a big Austen fan. Persuasion is my favorite, but Pride and Prej (as my wife and I call it) is fantastic as well. The P.D. James books sound fantastic. Stephanie Barron has an entire series of Jane Austen mysteries. I read a few and enjoyed them and when I read the next one on the series I kind of lost interest. Not sure if that was something wrong with me at the time or the book. https://dave-homeschooldad.blogspot.com/2022/04/j-is-for-january.html

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    1. When I was younger I didn’t like Persuasion at all, I found it so frustrating, but in adulthood I definitely understand the nuances of emotion a bit better 🙂


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