For those of you who may be travelling to the UK in the next couple of months, you may be interested to know that husband and wife writing duo, Lesley and Roy Adkins will be attending a few literary festivals to chat about their book Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England. I haven’t read it myself yet; it’s on the post-thesis reading list. The blurb below has been copied directly from the latest newsletter from the Society of Antiquaries of London, of which both Lesley and Roy are Fellows.
Fellows Roy and Lesley Adkins have been enjoying very positive reviews of their latest book, Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England: how our ancestors lived two centuries ago, not least thanks to the Bank of England’s announcement that Jane Austen will feature on £10 notes from 2016 — something that no author can ever predict but that is very useful in keeping alive interest in Jane Austen and no doubt helping to drive the book to the number one slot in the Huffington Post’s list of ten essential Jane Austen books. Several Fellows say they have greatly enjoyed going to hear Roy and Lesley speak at literary festivals and chatting to them afterwards. If you want to catch them over the autumn, they are appearing at the Theatre Royal, Bath, 12 noon, on 20 September; at the Henley Literary Festival, Town Hall, 1pm, on 5 October; at the Appledore Book Festival, St Mary’s Hall, 2pm, on 6 October; at the Ilkley Literature Festival, St Margaret’s Hall, 7.30pm, on 10 October; at ‘Off the Shelf’ at Sheffield’s Central United Reformed Church, 7.30pm, on 23 October; and at the Bridport Literary Festival, Bull Hotel, 1 pm, on 13 November. Further details are on their website.