Wooing Mr Wickham


The winning stories from the Short Story Competition inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House Library. Judged and introduced by award winning novelist Michèle Roberts.

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Wooing Mr Wickham

Inspired by Jane Austen’s heroes and villains

"To warm a winter's eve, a Jane Austen fan would do well to pour a cup of tea, pick up 'Wooing Mr Wickham', and enjoy." Karen Doornebos, Jane Austen Society of North America

Anthology, Fiction, Short Stories



'When a young lady is to be a heroine... something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.' Or perhaps, if she’s unlucky, a villain with a treacherous heart...

From Jane Austen’s Regency readers, to fans of film and tv adaptations of her work, there have been many who’ve hankered after a life populated by characters as enticing and bewitching as Messrs Darcy and Wickham, and the Misses Bennet and Dashwood. The twenty original and contemporary stories in this collection have been inspired by the some of the more – or less – admirable characters that inhabit Austen’s fictional world: a fascinating starting point for writers of all types.

Michèle Roberts (author of Daughters of the House and The Looking Glass) introduces her selection of entries to the Jane Austen Short Story Award 2011. From Wikram Jayanath’s exploits in modern-day Mumbai to tales of an escape from war-torn Germany, the hero of a care home, and the antics of a vicar’s book-obsessed wife, this collection provides heroes and villains to suit all tastes.


" The 20 little gems included in this anthology are every bit as accomplished and entertaining as those in 'Dancing with Mr Darcy' ...a lovely sweetie box of delights."
Joceline Bury, Jane Austen's Regency World

"unleased a huge resource of hidden talent"
Gwyneth Rushton, The Herald

Foreword: Michèle Roberts
ISBN: 9781906784324
Language: English
Categories: Anthology, Fiction, Short Stories
First Published by Honno: 17th November 2011

Contributors: Andrew Broadfoot, Colette O’Connor, Deirdre Shanahan, Elaine Grotefeld, Elizabeth Lenckos, Holly Bern, Jacqueline Barrios, Jasmina Svenne, Jocelyn Watson, Judith Earnshaw, Les Wood, Mary Fitzpatrick, Marybeth Ihle, Paul Brownsey, Rebecca Lees, Rebecca Rouillard, Sarah Barr, Sarah Taylor, Sulaxana Hippisley, Susan Piper

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