Reginald Hill’s latest Dalziel and Pascoe book, The Price of Butcher’s Meat (quote from Sanditon), has the following dedication:
“To Janeites everywhere and in particular to those who ten years ago in San Francisco made me so very welcome at the Jane Austen Society of North America’s AGM, of which the theme was “Sanditon-A New Direction?” and during which the seeds of this present novel were sown. I hope that my fellow Janeites will approve the direction in which I have moved her unfinished story; or, if they hesitate approval, that they will perhaps recall the advice printed on a sweatshirt presented to me (with what pertinence I never quite grasped) after my address to the AGM
-Run mad as often as you chuse, but do not faint-and at least agree that, though from time to time I may have run a little mad, so far I have not fainted!”
Thanks to the Austenblog for this post.