In news just handed to me, the creative genius behind hit films, Clueless, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bride and Prejudice has died.
Perhaps better known these days for her novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, she was once revered for her wit, intelligence, light touch and moral clarity.
When asked to comment on the news, a shocked and dismayed Alicia Silverstone is reported to have said, “I am shocked and dismayed, I thought she was long dead.”
Keira Knightly, who famously portrayed Lizzie Bennet in the film, Pride and Prejudice is said to have reacted thus on hearing the news, “She’s dead? I can believe it.”
But it is her younger fans who will find her sudden demise most shocking and it is to them our thoughts must turn.
Let us join them in their grief in the only way we can. #RIPJaneAusten.
Colin Firth had this to say after learning of her passing.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.