Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

In this novel, written as a memoir, Jane Austen meets Frederick Ashford, the love of her life. As described by Syrie James, Mr. Ashford is a worthy suitor indeed. He is a gentleman with the intellectual heft and monetary means to keep Jane in as many stimulating conversations, quill pens, and bonnets as she desires.

The Jane Austen Today blog is having a contest to giveaway 2 copies of this book. To enter :
Pretend you are one of Jane Austen's parents. Describe in two or three sentences the kind of gentleman that would be worthy to win Jane's hand in marriage. What sort of man would you accept as a suitable husband for our favorite author?

Then place your description in the comment section. If you feel uncomfortable writing a description, simply list the suitor's attributes. Oh, and you may place an icon of this paragon of husbandhood alongside your description.

The contest is open until January 1. I will then choose the five best answers. Starting January 2, the readers of this blog will have one week to vote for the best suitor!

Let the contest begin!!


  1. He must be wealthy, kind hearted and loves Jane for who she is and not who he wants her to be. Most important he must accept her desire to write and encourage her everyday.

    If I could post a picture he would be Colin Firth because he's sexy.

  2. Good summation. Now go on over to the Jane Austen Today blog (
    and post it over there as well, as that's the one that really counts. I'm not conducting the contest, they are. Good luck!