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The Lady's Magazine (1770-1832) and the Making of Literary History

This book has been published on open access and free to readers via the Edinburgh University Press website. It is the first-length study of the first modern women's magazine. The Lady's Magazine was a phenomenon during its over 60-year run. With a monthly circulation of 10,000 to 15,000 copies, its  contributors (many of whom were its readers) reached substantial audiences. The Lady's Magazine and the Making of Literary History tells the story of the magazine's founding, how its extraordinary range of contents evolved over time. It asks who were its readers and authors and explores its influence on novelists including Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte.


This unique book from Jennie Batchelor and Alison Larkin showcases recently discovered 18th century embroidery patterns expertly repurposed into 15 exciting modern stitching projects. The patterns and projects are brought to life with glimpses into the world of Regency women and their domestic lives by lively historical features, quotes from Jane Austen's letters and novels, enchanting illustrations and inspirational project photography. 


This book, co-edited with Manushag N. Powell, features cutting-edge and interdisciplinary research by specialists in the fields of periodical studies, material culture studies, theatre history, and cultural history. It offers innovative methodologies for historical periodical studies and moves women to the centre of periodical print culture.


In my second book, I explored how eighteenth-century women writers thought and wrote about the work they did as mothers, writers, teachers and needlewomen.

My first book looked at women's relationship to clothing as it is celebrated and disputed in eighteenth-century novels, conduct books and periodicals.

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