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Goodreads Giveaway for “Young Jane Austen”

A Goodreads giveaway is on for Lisa Pliscou’s acclaimed new biography Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, with five signed copies up for grabs. Some recent praise for Young Jane Austen:

“Delightful and infinitely readable.” —Austenprose

“A charming little book, daintily produced.” —Jane Austen’s Regency World 

“Appealing and handsome. . . . This lovely, delightful biography is a wonderful choice for all Janeites wanting to learn more about Jane Austen’s childhood.” —Austenesque Reviews

“This is a beautifully crafted book with an old-fashioned style that almost feels like the diary of a young girl of the eighteenth century.” —VOYA

“A joy. . . This is a gorgeous book, inside and out. The illustrations by Massimo Mongiardo . . . help bring the print alive for the reader; the layout, colors, and even textures make you feel like you’re holding something precious.” —Delighted Reader

“Beautifully illustrated . . . Very readable and engaging.” —Babblings of a Bookworm

“I loved the presentation, with illustrations by Massimo Mongiardo that are simple yet beautiful and transport readers back to Jane’s time . . . Young Jane Austen is a must-have for any Austen fan’s collection and another contender for my ‘Best of 2015′ list.” —Diary of an Eccentric

The giveaway runs through August 10, 2015. To learn more, and enter, click here.

More about Young Jane Austen here.


Sarah Emsley on “Young Jane Austen”

“A charming book,” says Sarah Emsley about Lisa Pliscou’s recently published biography, Young Jane Austen, “of interest to readers of all ages in its imaginative retelling of central events in Austen’s life and its exploration of questions over which she must have puzzled.”


Read the full review here.

More about Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer here.



Quadrapheme on “Young Jane Austen”

Quadrapheme’s Georgina Parfitt discusses with author Lisa Pliscou the process of recreating Jane Austen’s early life in Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer. 

“The book is a stocking-filler size,” notes Parfitt, “with a heavily decorative style, the pages adorned with curleque borders and floral backdrops, but don’t let its gift-worthiness fool you. Just as Young Jane was a profound wit in a small package, so the book surprises.”


Read the full article, “Jane Austen: Portrait of the Enigma as a Young Girl,” here.

Read more of Georgina Parfitt’s Quadrapheme work here.

More about Young Jane Austen here.

Publishers Weekly Announces Lisa Pliscou’s Next Book

Publishers Weekly has announced Lisa Pliscou’s forthcoming book: Jane Austen, the Girl Who Wrote, a picture-book biography to be published in 2017 by Christy Ottaviano Books. Jen Corace will illustrate.

Read the announcement here.

More about Christy Ottaviano Books here.

More about Jen Corace here.


“Young Jane Austen” at the Pittsburgh Jane Austen Festival

Attendees at this year’s Jane Austen Festival, sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America’s Pittsburgh region, will get a sneak peak at Young Jane Austen via specially created “calling cards.” Slated for March 20 and 21, 2015, the Festival includes a film screening, a variety of speakers, breakout sessions, and a period-authentic ball. More here.

“Young Jane Austen” at Santa Monica READS

Attendees at this year’s Santa Monica READS program will get a sneak peak at Young Jane Austen via specially created “calling cards” to be included at various events including discussions, presentations, craft workshops, and film screenings, all focusing on Jane Austen, her works, and books written about her. The program runs from February 14, 2015, through March 21. More here.



Advance praise for “Young Jane Austen” from Polly Shulman

“An intriguing glimpse of their heroine’s childhood for young Jane Austen fans, especially writers.” —Polly Shulman, author of Enthusiasm 





Coming soon: “Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer”

Lisa’s new book, Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, to be published by Wyatt-MacKenzie in April 2015. This “speculative” biography for adults and sophisticated younger readers focuses on Austen’s childhood, her creative development, and how her formative experiences may well have influenced her mature work. It includes 20 illustrations specially commissioned for this book, a timeline of Austen’s key childhood events, and an overview of her life, legacy, and the era in which she lived.