Mar 202013

Elegant and Encompassing!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

In this attractive and accessible updated rerelease from Carlton Books readers will find a beautiful blend of history, analysis, and art pertaining to our beloved Jane Austen. With it’s large size, hardcover, and elegant design, this tome would look excellent either on a library shelf or displayed on a coffee table. But don’t be fooled by the slim spine and abundance of illustrations – Maggie Lane, a highly-respected author and acknowledged Austen expert, is no slouch when it comes to information and insight about Jane Austen! Through this one hundred and forty page book, Ms. Lane discusses and analyzes what is known about Jane Austen and her life, describes and explains the traditions of her world, gives a brief overview of historical events and socialdevelopments of the time period, and closes with a look at the present-day immortalization of Jane Austen through scholarly studies, script, film, and prose.

I, for one, really enjoyed and appreciated the layout of this book. As you can see in the video, each chapter is compiled of and divided into a collection of two-page vignettes – short and sweet! Giving readers an extensive yet fast-paced overview of Jane Austen’s life and times. The design of this tome makes it easy to look up a specific topic, whether it be Jane Austen’s relations on her mother’s side, her views on poetry and poets, or her visits to various seaside resorts. In addition, the “bite-size” portions of this volume are perfect for readers who do not have the time or the inclination to read a lengthier and more in-depth biography. I loved the breakdown of topics, valuable timeline and index, and the wealth of information and research that went into making this book! I’m so happy to own such a lovely treasure! I highly recommend!

Filming credit goes to Mr. Bingley! 🙂


Previous releases of Jane Austen’s World (it looks like each edition updates some of the vignettes to make them more current).  This edition made references to biographies and Austenesque novels that were published in 2012!

The kind people at Carlton Bookshave donated one lovely hardcover copy of Jane Austen’s World for me to give away to one lucky winner!  SQUEE!!!


To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below!
  • To save your inbox from unwanted spam, please leave your email address with an [at] instead of @.
    • (You could also leave a Twitter handle or Facebook username instead).
  • This giveaway is open to residents in the US.
  • This giveaway ends March 27th.

Follow My Reviews!

No spam guarantee.

I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )

  36 Responses to “Jane Austen’s World – Maggie Lane + GIVEAWAY!”


    YES!! I would love to have a copy of this book, Meredith. I need more Austen reference works on my shelf.



    This is wonderful and I loved the filming style thanks Mr. Bingley! kristaraven1(at)


    What a beautiful book!!! I love how it covers a variety of subjects from farming to the accomplished lady. A must have for all Austen fans.

    Raquel36m (at) gmail (dot) com


    This book looks amazing! I would love to win a copy.



    this would make a great addition to my book collection!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com


    I definitely need this one! My writing has been halted, and I need more fact books!

    cwillis626 [at] yahoo [dot] com


    What a beautiful book, would love to win a copy
    Thanks for the giveaway

    StephAnnee lucasaaron_5297 AT Yahoo(DOT)com


    what a lovely book! Would love to win it, otherwise will likely buy it! Thanks for sharing!

    joanna015 [AT] hotmail [DOT] com



    Oooh please put me in to win.


    Oh, who wouldn’t love to have this?? Knowing about the world in which she lived would really bring the characters to life – even more!



    Awesome giveaway – thanks!!!!



    This beautiful book would be a treasure. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com


    What a precious giveaway. Thanks for this chance. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com


    This book is SO beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.


    felicialso @gmail. com


    I would love a copy of this book! My favorite cover is that 1997 P&P one.
    donnyandshelly at yahoo dot com


    Excited to see that a new edition of this book is available. I think I checked out the 97 edition from the library once, but I would love to have an updated version of my own.

    Please thank you Mr. Bingley for the nice video. He even added music! Well done!

    Heather M.


      Mr. Bingley and I have had a lot of fun working on these videos together. I think it will be something we do for any illustrated book I review! LOL! The music was a must! Thank you for the kind words!


    This book sounds great! Thank you very much for the giveaway!

    bledsoefamily4 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net


    *gasp* Eeee! Oh my goodness I remember the 1995 edition. I borrowed it once from my library and spent hours pouring over it. Then I never could find it again. I totally missed the second edition. Super excited about the new re-release of it.

    reichanam at gmail dot com


    Wow! Five Stars! This book must really be great. I hope I win as I love reading books about the Regency Era and Jane Austen, of course!
    Catherine Commons


    Hi! 🙂 I never knew of the first two editions, so I definitely would love a go at this one! 🙂 Love the sound and look of it!



    This looks like a fabulous book!! I would love to add it to my ever growing Jane Austen collection 🙂

    joni [dot] mcgrath24 [at] gmail [dot] com


    I borrowed an earlier edition from the library a while back, but I love this opportunity to actually own it and in a new edition.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com


    I have to SQUEE myself! I would love to have this novel for my library!



    What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you.
    cherringtonmb at sbcglobal dot net


    This would be a lovely addition to my collection. Thanks for the giveaway.



    I agree with these comments. Looks to be a lovely book. Can I please be entered? Thanks 🙂


    I hadn’t heard of this book before, but I do have Jane Austen for Dummies, which is very informative and tells you about Regency life and you can learn about the different carriages (like the curricle) they used, etc. I think it also said that at house parties they used to stay all night because it would be too hard to drive home in the dark.



    Thanks for sharing with us as well as for the giveaway!



    This looks like such a lovely book. I can see why you are thrilled to own it. I have a book that Maggie Lane co-wrote with Hazel Jones and it is a treasure too.

    Thank you for sharing with us this book and for the giveaway opportunity. I loved your video! Well done, Mr. Bingley! 🙂


    Oh. My. WOW!!! This sounds like an awesome book!! And I LOVED the video too! I just love it when you do giveaways!!

    txreyn5663 [at] earthlink [dot] net


    I would love a chance to win this book! abcstitcher at


    Mr. Bingley – what a wonderful filming job you did! And the background music merely wetted my appetite even more. It is truly a stunning book.



    Looks lovely! A local library had the ’05 edition and I tried to request it, but they discovered it was ‘lost’ and I never got to see it. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    colleenday [at] hotmail [dot]com

Your conversation and participation are always welcome; please feel free to "have your share."