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Few Jane Austen enthusiasts will not have realised what a delicate business it was to be a lady or gentleman of standing in Regency England.

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A record universally acknowledged ...

A slice of Britain: Fans of Jane Austen converging on Bath to revel in the world of 'Emma' and 'Persuasion' are joined by hundreds in full Regency costume who have their eyes on quite a different title – Guinness World Records

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Geoffrey Macnab: 'British film-goers don't like British films and UK distributors can't get them into cinemas'

The ICA Cinema in London has just hosted New British Cinema. On one level, the season was a cause for celebration. The eight films chosen underlined the richness of independent, low- budget British film-making. On a less upbeat note, though, the season pointed to the struggles that young British film-makers face in getting their work shown at all. In a sense, these were orphan films, spurned by mainstream cinemas.

Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, By Claire Harman

The novels of Jane Austen were almost consigned to history, before Walter Scott came to their rescue

Carey Mulligan - Straight to the top of the class

At just 23, UK star Carey Mulligan is working with Johnny Depp and Michael Mann and was the toast of the Berlin Film Festival. Gaynor Flynn meets her

Money talks at the Berlin Film Festival

Movies at the Berlin Film Festival have an international flavour, but it's for financial, not artistic reasons, says Kaleem Aftab

So, is Keira Knightley any good anyway?

Julie Christie may pip her to the best actress award at tonight's Baftas, and some were gleeful when she missed out on an Oscar nomination...

Surviving Beslan hostage-taker jailed for life

The only Beslan hostage-taker captured alive after the bloody school siege in 2004 will spend the rest of his life in prison after a trial that left crucial questions unanswered and victims feeling cheated.

DAYS LIKE THESE: 4 February 1813

Jane Austen writes to her sister Cassandra: "Our second evening's reading [of Pride and Prejudice, recently published] to Miss B. had not pleased me, but I believe something must be attributed to my mother's too rapid way of getting on: though she perfectly understands the characters, she cannot speak as they ought. Upon the whole, however, I am quite vain enough and well satisfied enough. The work is rather too light and sparkling; it wants shade; it wants to be stretched out here and there with a long chapter of sense, if it could be had; if not, of solemn nonsense, about something unconnected with the story; an essay on writing, a critique on Walter Scott, or something that would form a contrast, and bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness of the general style."
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