New year, new round of Jane Austen links

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By Jennifer Abella

Tired from the hectic holiday season? Wondering what you’ve missed while you’ve been running around shopping, cooking, baking, giving, O Christmas Tree-ing? Read on!untitled-design-4

If you’re looking for an audio version of “Persuasion” to read before we convene in June, act fast: BBC 4 Radio is broadcasting the book as part of its “Book at Bedtime” series. The book — broken into 10 episodes — is read by Samantha Bond. That name sound familiar? She played Fanny in 1983’s “Mansfield Park” and Aunt Rosamund in “Downton Abbey.” There are a few weeks left to listen to Episode 1 for free. Happy listening!

In a move reminiscent of Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, England released new plastic £5 bills — four of them with an extremely rare Jane Austen mark. How much are the Austen-marked bills worth? £50,000. Would you sell one?

Here’s a day in the life of Jane Austen.

Which women writers belong on the shelf with Austen and the Brontes?

Jane Austen, the Secret Radicaldoesn’t hit American stores until May 2, but here’s a review from the Guardian about this book.

A new play had its “rolling premiere” across the country this holiday season. “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” a “sequel” of sorts that puts Mary Bennet in the center of a romance during the holidays with her sister. Did you get a chance to see it?

A look at the 20th-century version of Jane Austen’s Emma: Cher, from “Clueless.”

The comfort of Austen in trying times. We knew this already, of course!

We asked this question of our Facebook readers: If you had to describe Jane Austen in three adjectives, what would they be? Let us know in the comments!

giphy-2If you didn’t see our social media campaign for registration, click here to see our GIFs featuring “Persuasion’s” characters making the decision to come to JASP. We hope you join us!

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