The Other Bennet Sister (Paperback)Janice Hadlow (author)
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A beautifully judged and tender homage to Pride and Prejudice, Hadlow’s period novel puts the oft-neglected Mary Bennet centre stage in a tale of quiet ambition and personal freedom which is both moving and warmly funny.
In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Mary is the middle of the five Bennet girls and the plainest of them all, so what hope does she have? Prim and pious, with no redeeming features, she is unloved and seemingly unlovable.
The Other Bennet Sister, though, shows another side to Mary. An introvert in a family of extroverts; a constant disappointment to her mother who values beauty above all else; fearful of her father's sharp tongue; with little in common with her siblings - is it any wonder she turns to books for both company and guidance? And, if she finds her life lonely or lacking, that she determines to try harder at the one thing she can be: right.
One by one, her sisters marry - Jane and Lizzy for love; Lydia for some semblance of respectability - but Mary, it seems, is destined to remain single and live out her life at Longbourn, at least until her father dies and the house is bequeathed to the reviled Mr Collins.
But when that fateful day finally comes, she slowly discovers that perhaps there is hope for her, after all.Simultaneously a wonderfully warm homage to Jane Austen and a delightful new story in its own right, Janice Hadlow's The Other Bennet Sister is, at its heart, a life-affirming tale of a young woman finding her place in the world. Witty and uplifting, it will make you feel - and cheer - for Mary as you never have before.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 672
Weight: 468 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 43 mm
'It's difficult not to race through those final pages.' - Jo Baker, author of Longbourn
'[A] novel that will delight Pride and Prejudice fans.' - The Independent
'Immersive and engaging.' - The Guardian
'Janice Hadlow has dusted down Mary, the ugly Bennet sister, and fashioned her into a heroine that even Miss Austen would approve of. A treat.' - Daisy Goodwin, author of Victoria and The Fortune Hunter
'It's difficult not to race through those final pages.' - Jo Baker, author of LongBourn and The Body Lies
'This gorgeous book pays homage to Pride and Prejudice - and follows Mary Bennet, the overlooked middle Bennet sister. It's a wonderfully warm, comforting read - perfect on a winter's night.' - The Sun
'I absolutely love this novel - as will any young woman who has felt herself plain, shy, bookish and crushed.' - Amanda Craig, author of The Lie of the Land and The Golden Rule
'Fans will need no persuasion . . . Worthy of any Austen heroine.' - Metro
'Jane fans rejoice! I loved this thoroughly estimable, worthy homage to Austen. Exceptional storytelling and a true delight.' - Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and The Summer Before the War
'Puts Mary front and centre stage exploring why she was so heartbreakingly sidelined by Mrs Bennet and gives humour and sensitivity to the most overlooked of the sisters.' - Stylist magazine - best books of 2020
'Impeccably researched, this lifts Mary from obscurity, as she breaks out of her mother's world and follows her own path.' - Daily Mail
'A wonderful, absorbing, accomplished book. I loved it.' - Stephanie Butland, author of Lost for Words and The Woman in the Photograph
'Entertaining and thoroughly engrossing.' - Kirkus starred review
'Vivid and convincing.' - Sydney Morning Herald
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“A great read”
Thoroughly recommend this book, written very much in the spirit of JA. A lovely, hopeful and uplifting story for these difficult times.
“Jane Austen would have approved”
I bought this book as a present for a huge Jane Austen fan and this is her review:
"I absolutely loved this book.
It was so nice to imagine what Mary’s story might have been like as she does not get much... More
An easy going easy read ideal to giggle and chill out to in these stressful times. However I’m not sure who ‘proof read’ it but I came across several type errors, some grammatical errors and some spelling ! Didn’t... More
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