Jane Austen Literacy Foundation
I am very honoured to have been asked to design a new bookplate for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation. You can get one of your own if you donate to the charity by clicking this link.
Inspired by Jane Austen's passion for reading and writing, and the importance of libraries to Jane's own learning and literacy development, the foundation is a not for profit organisation run entirely by volunteers who give their time and literacy skills to mentor children online and raise funds to provide e-libraries for developing communities. 100% of donations received are spent on literacy resources.
Why not donate to one of their excellent causes for Christmas?
Project Darcy - It is high summer when Ellie Bentley joins an archaeological dig at Jane Austen’s childhood home. She’s always had a talent for ‘seeing’ into the past and isn't disturbed in the least by her encounters with Mr Darcy’s ghost at the house where she’s staying.
When Ellie travels into the past she discovers exactly what happened whilst Jane danced her way through the snowy winter of 1796 with her dashing Irish friend. As Steventon Rectory and all its characters come to life, Ellie discovers the true love story lost in Pride and Prejudice – a tale which has its own consequences for her future destiny, changing her life beyond imagination.
Be More Jane
I loved doing the illustrations for BE MORE JANE by Sophie Andrews. There were so many wonderful scenes to illustrate including Jane Austen at Chawton in the snow, Lizzy Bennet walking to Netherfield, Mrs Austen at Chawton, the Netherfield Ball, Lizzy at Pemberley, Mr Darcy's first proposal and others. Sophie's writing is wonderful! Here's a little blurb about the book:
Are you more Marianne than Elinor, Lydia rather than Lizzy? Be More Jane will teach you to address life with more sense and less prejudice, taking useful lessons from the novels and letters of Jane Austen, one of the world’s best-loved writers. Times may change, but many of our problems remain the same. Sophie Andrews, a young Janeite, knows from personal experience that in times of trouble, or just on matters of friendship, family and love, answers are to be found in the pages of Miss Austen’s novels.
Published by Cico Books, Ryland, Peters and Small
Jane Odiwe's Austen-inspired sequels, Mr Darcy's Secret, Lydia Bennet's Story, Mrs Darcy's Diamonds and Willoughby's Return, continue the themes and stories of Jane Austen's novels. The beloved characters we know and love from novels like Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility find their happy endings in further tales along with some new heroes and characters.
The Time Travels with Jane Austen series explores the fantastic possibilities for modern heroines to travel back into the past and meet Jane Austen, or even become the author herself. Searching for Mr Tilney, Searching for Captain Wentworth, Project Darcy, Jane Austen Lives Again and Mr Darcy's Christmas Calendar, are magical tales that weave fact and fiction in dual stories, creating believable worlds for the inspiration behind the beloved novels of Persuasion, Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice.
'Jane Odiwe comes to it steeped in Austen, in all her renditions; Odiwe’s sentences often glint with reflections of the great Jane …
Historical Novel Society
Odiwe certainly writes a page-turning romantic mystery - her characters are intriguing and her narrative full of surprises and suspense. She blends historical fact and fiction with great style, and the settings are spot on in what the writer describes as her "love letter to Bath".
Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine