Jane Austen scholar Paula Byrne calls the author’s likeness on the new banknote “a nineteenth-century airbrushed makeover.” The image is based on the famous portrait by Austen’s sister Cassandra. Says Byrne, “It makes me quite angry as it’s been prettied up for the Victorian era when Jane Austen was very much a woman of Georgian character. The costume is wrong and the image creates a myth Austen was a demure spinster and not a deep-thinking author.”
Zola Books is offering several previously unavailable Joan Didion works in digital form.
Speaking of new paradigms, Douglas Coupland will be serializing a new work, Temp, in the giveaway paper Metro.