16 | Jane Austen Heroines
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I'm especially excited about sharing today's episode, as this week on Tea & Tattle, Sophie and I are discussing one of our very, very favourite authors: Jane Austen. Having both read Pride & Prejudice aged 9 (after being mesmerised by the BBC adaptation), Sophie and I devoured every Jane Austen novel (as well as her letters and biographies about her) throughout our teens. We still regularly reread the books, and of course Sophie's teaching at Oxford covers some Jane Austen (apparently she's just about to start teaching Emma - I wish I could be in her class!).
Our love for Austen's delightful heroines was certainly one of the building blocks of our friendship, and we exchanged many a letter as teenagers recounting our opinions of each novel. Today's conversation, then, covers very familiar territory, as we decide which Austen heroines are our favourites (it's almost impossible to choose!), and the important life-lessons we have learnt from each of them.
Listen to hear how Anne, Elizabeth, Emma, Catherine and Elinor have influenced our lives and continue to inspire us.
- 01:02 - Jump for Joys! Find out what's been making Miranda and Sophie happy lately.
- 03:52 - From Our Listeners - Sophie and Miranda share feedback and interesting remarks from T&T listeners.
- 07:46 - Miranda introduces the main discussion.
- 08:52 - Sophie explains how she first started reading Jane Austen's books, and how her obsession developed!
- 11:23 - Miranda and Sophie attempt to choose their favourite novels.
- 12: 58 - Sophie and Miranda explain who they've picked as their very favourite Austen heroines, and how these characters continue to inspire them in their everyday lives.
- 32:26 - Culture Corner! Find out the recent Tea & Tattle cultural favourites.
- Roger Hickman's restaurant.
- Miranda's 'books only' instagram account @mirandasbookcase.
- Food in books: Breakfast Buns in the School at the Chalet.
- Our 'Shine Theory' episode, which inspired Toni.
- The Jane Austen exhibition at the Bodleian Library that Merenia recommended to us (we're planning a Tea & Tattle outing!).
- Chawton House podcast.
- Deirdre le Faye's collection of Jane Austen's letters.
- Unforgotten crime drama.
- Fresh Air Podcast.
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Anne, with an elegance of mind and sweetness of character, which must have placed her high with any people of real understanding.
- Jane Austen, on our very favourite of her heroines
Thank you so much for listening and being a part of Tea & Tattle podcast. As always, we love to hear your thoughts, so please let us know:
Which Jane Austen Heroines are your favourites? What lessons have they taught you, or how do they inspire you?
I'm joined by the beauty expert and co-founder of The Perfume Society, Lorna McKay, and we're chatting everything scent-related. The episode is a wonderfully fragrant touch to end the month of romance! Lorna had some fascinating things to say about her experiences creating scents for Liz Earle, as well as brilliant perfume recommendations and lots of handy tips. Be sure to tune in again next Tuesday.