There are more TV programmes released each week than anyone can realistically watch and so naturally you need to get people talking about your show over others.
Natalie Jamieson, popular culture journalist
This got those of us at the Jane Austen News wondering, as the acceptable levels of nudity have seemingly been raised by the industry to include full nudity in a greater number of productions, would the scene from the BBC's 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice, where Mr Darcy dives into the lake at Pemberley and emerges in a figure-hugging wet shirt, have become such a hit with audiences had it been first broadcast in this day and age?
If more nudity (both for men and women) is what directors are using to get a series noticed, what will that mean for the world of Jane Austen adaptations? Will the upcoming 2020 production of Pride and Prejudice feature Darcy in the buff? And, if it does, what will Austen fans think? Too much? Should Austen always be PG? Or will it be a welcome sight?Emma Jones' full article can be found here.
Author Bryan Kozlowski will shortly be publishing his book, The Jane Austen Diet: Austen's Secrets to Food, Health, and Incandescent Happiness, which, as strange as it may sound, promotes Jane Austen as a wellness guru.
Kozlowski was reading way through all six of Jane’s novels, while at the same time beginning a “personal wellness project” to become healthier and happier as he entered his thirties. What surprised him was that he kept finding parallels between the latest evidence-based research on health, diet, and exercise, and the wellness beliefs Austen seemed to have written into her novels. These included things like Jane Fairfax's belief that a “simple walk before breakfast does me good”. Kozlowski found that he felt more energised throughout the day and slept better at night once he started a morning walking routine.
Stringently eating or exercising your way to a certain corset size is never the road to wellness in Austenworld. Rather, this is the place where ‘health and happiness’ are exquisitely interconnected.
We're pretty sure that Jane would never have imagined herself being praised as a fitness guru, so we'll certainly be intrigued to find out what other principles Kozlowski has found within Jane's novels and how they helped him on his road to happiness and wellness. The book is due out on March the 19th.
Free Books for World Book Day Tomorrow (Thursday March 7th) is World Book Day in the UK - although for the rest of the world it is on April 23rd - and to celebrate the National Literary Trust and the Morrisons Foundation will donate more than 7,300 brand new books to primary schools across the UK. Each Morrisons store in the UK will donate a bundle of 15 new books published by Penguin Random House to a local primary school this week.
We are thrilled to be working with Morrisons to bring the gift of reading to 125,000 children across the UK by getting brand new books into primary schools. School budgets are stretched, many school libraries are struggling and 1 in 8 disadvantaged children don’t have a single book of their own at home; so it has never been more important to get books into the schools that need them most. When children discover a love of reading, they do better at school and later in life, so we must do everything we can to inspire children to fall in love with reading for a lifetime.We think this is a fantastic initiative! We hope to have news of some of the events which take place for World Book Day in our Austen News next week.
Jonathan Douglas - National Literary Trust director
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