Wouldn't every girl like to dance with Mr Darcy?
From Jane Austen's Regency readers to fans of television's wet-shirted romantic, there have been thousands if not millions of us who've hankered after a hero to match the eponymous Mr Darcy. The 20 original stories in this collection have been inspired by the novels and characters of Jane Austen, or Chawton House Library, a place she knew and loved - a fertile playground for the writerly imagination...
Sarah Waters (author of Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith) introduces her selection of those stories submitted to the Chawton House Library competition 2009. From 'Jane Austen over the Styx', laying out the late Miss Austen's judgement by her less likeable characters, and 'Second Thoughts', which considers Jane's abrupt dismissal of her fiancé Mr Bigg-Withers, to 'Jayne' in which a young lady employs the words of Miss Austen to blind her to the reality of earning the 'large income' that is the only sure recipe for happiness, the tales range from the historical to the contemporary and across the broadest literary spectrum.
"...for a true homage to Austen look no further than 'Dancing With Mr Darcy'... Featuring such a wide range of genres, themes, emotions and characters, there is something for everyone - whether well-read in Austen or not."
"Entrancing collection of Austen-inspired stories."
Jane Austen's Regency World
"take(s) the Jane Austen we all love and admire and cannot get enough of and creates something new and lovely in her wake... here is Austen as she inspires 21st century writers and it is a gift to all of us."
Janeite Deb, Jane Austen Society of North America
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