The Jane Austen Centre
Bath, England

The Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen lived in Bath for five years and set two novels in the pretty Georgian city, Northanger Abbey & Persuasion. Bath was an important chapter in her life and shaped her life irrevocably, almost ruining her writing career. It was noisy, chaotic, and stifled her capacity to write. Here, she also came to terms with the true quandary of being an unwed woman in Regency England without means to support herself.

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Daisy Jones & The Six Review

Daisy Jones & The Six Review

Ladies and Gentleman, please welcome Daisy Jones and the Six to the stage! Taylor Jenkins Reid recounts the meteoric rise and fall of a fictional 70’s rock band. Sex, drugs, and… complicated relationships, explosive arguments, legendary parties, and spectacular meltdowns. It only took a chapter before I was hooked, it’s such an effortless read and the narrative unfolds so authentically that I had to confirm whether or not the band was real or fictional.

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A Literary Love Letter

A Literary Love Letter

There are rich and meaningful stories to tell in every aspect of daily life. I am endlessly fascinated by the human psyche, reading provides a socially acceptable outlet to try out all sorts of lives and experiences. As children, we are taught that magic only exists in fairy tales, but reading of all sorts transports us to the past and the future, mythical worlds, far away galaxies, exotic lands, the apocalypse and beyond. So who can really say that books are not magic?

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Bright Autumn Festival
Bright, Australia

Bright Autumn Festival

Bright by name, bright by nature. The picturesque town of Bright is an autumnal paradise set afire with colour every April. The mild sunny days and cosy evenings are perfectly complemented by a smoky woodfire, roasted local chestnuts, and good company. A rainy weather forecast meant that the town was relatively quiet, making our weekend trip all the more tranquil.

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Be Persuaded Regency Exhibition
Melbourne, Australia

Be Persuaded Regency Exhibition

To mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, the Dressing Australia – Museum of Costume is presenting a rare and wonderful exhibition bringing the era of Jane Austen to life, with a showcase of original items of the time. Be Persuaded features fashion, accessories and ephemera from the 18th century, rarely on display outside of major museums.

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Summer Picnic at Werribee Mansion
Melbourne, Australia

Summer Picnic at Werribee Mansion

Perfect blue skies are the perfect reason to dust off the picnic basket, fill it with delicious treats and whisk my Mum away on a girls day out. Werribee Park Mansion was our secret destination, a Victorian Italianate grand residence surrounded by lavish gardens. Australia is a modern nation, so mansions are especially rare.

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The House of Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture
Melbourne, Australia

The House of Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture

To celebrate seventy years of The House of Dior, the National Gallery of Victoria hosted an exclusive exhibition of Dior Haute Couture from 1947 to 2017. The exhibition was laid out like a timeline, beginning with the classic silhouettes and simple designs of the 1940’s all the way through to the experimental designs of the modern era.

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The Celestine Prophecy Review

The Celestine Prophecy Review

My connection with The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield began over twenty years ago. My parents were utterly enamoured by this new-fangled spiritual book that was sitting atop the New York Times bestseller list in America. I have vivid recollections of my Dad teaching me to breathe in the energy of trees and I wholeheartedly inhaled, as if it were some kind of magic fairy dust. I knew there was more to life than what I had seen and heard in my little town.

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Taking Care of Myself

Taking Care of Myself

Sometimes a long weekend spent in your own company is just what you need to fully recharge your batteries. Three days dedicated to taking care of myself – solitude, reading, sleeping, cooking, writing, pampering and walks. After having guests in our house all summer, I am done with people. Having a few days of downtime has been a blessing. I am a casebook introvert and being around people for long periods of time just drains my batteries.

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The Turn of the Screw Review

The Turn of the Screw Review

The Turn of the Screw is perhaps the most famous ghost story ever written. To this day there are elements of this creepy tale woven into the framework of the horror genre. Gothic literature is my obsession, I love suspense, intrigue, and mystery. The Turn of the Screw features a big haunted house, an isolated woman, beautiful yet creepy children, menacing ghosts and unexplained occurrences that will leave you both perplexed and infuriated.

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Highclere Castle, The Real Downton Abbey
Berkshire, England

Highclere Castle, The Real Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle has become one of England’s most recognisable homes, as the real-life setting and filming location of the television series, Downton Abbey. I have seen every single episode of Downton and grew to love the characters, their fanciful plots, and the centrepiece at the heart of the show – the house itself.

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