Today marks the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death (18 July 1817). In the July issue, The Simple Things presents Miscellany: a curious combination of the practical and the playful, circa 1817. Buy July here.
Learn how to make small talk at a ball, make us giggle with a caption for wet-shirted Colin Firth as Darcy, and learn an Austen word for a noble or young gentleman.
Discover a fab gadget (Austen was reportedly a dab hand at this cup and ball game), cast aside your cocoa in favour of a much nicer nightcap, and take a household hint from Northanger Abbey.
Shop three beautiful editions of Austen's classics, learn a classic 18th century card game as played in Emma and Pride and Prejudice, and discover how hard it can be to be an accomplished lady.
Finally, get to grips with Austen's homes in our identifier and learn how to improve your garden, Austen style.
Find out more about talks, walks, exhibitions and performances at janeausten200.co.uk.