Regency rendezvous: inside the world of Jane Austen fandom

Photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra came across the Jane Austen Pineapple Appreciation Society after noticing a group in Regency dress in Bath. From getting away from phones to a confidence boost, she was intrigued about what members got out of it

Sophie Andrews was 16 when she discovered Jane Austen’s novels. Handed Pride and Prejudice as a GCSE text, she was drawn into what has, today, become her all-consuming passion, involving regular Austen-themed holidays, trips to National Trust properties in Regency dress, and as many balls as possible.

“I was the only one in the class who enjoyed it and I felt I was I was the only person in the world who loved Jane Austen as much as I did,” says Andrews, who is now 22 and owns more than 100 editions of Pride and Prejudice alone. Less than a year later, she discovered the true extent of Austen fandom online. ...