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Jane Austen's Guide to Dating [Hardcover]

Lauren Henderson
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5 Sep 2005
Jane Austen's witty, perceptive and romantic novels have delighted readers for two hundred years. With clear sight, common sense and good judgment, she observed the hits and near-misses of her heroes and heroines in love. Things certainly haven't got any easier since then and Lauren Henderson believes that we might just have lost touch with the fundamental rules. "Jane Austen's Guide to Dating" rights that wrong and brings Austen's Regency wisdom into the twenty-first century. It's a fun, insightful book, full of concrete advice and wise strategies that illustrate how honesty, self-awareness and forthrightness do win you the right man in the end and weed out the losers, playboys and toxic flirts. Henderson deftly summarizes all the love stories in the books and introduces all the characters, so that newcomers and devotees alike can delight in this fun, fresh and audacious how-to guide.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; 1st. Edition : 1st. Printing edition (5 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075531462X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755314621
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If you need a dating manual, this is it' -- Sunday Age 20051016 'This book offers invaluable advise on how to land your own dashing Mr Darcy' -- You magazine 20051127 'has been a huge bestseller, clearly rekindling a nation's fantasies of capturing the heart, and nipples, of Colin Firth' -- Independent 20051204 'A very clever, very well executed idea. Ideal for your single gal pals' -- NW Magazine 20051201 'Packed with wit, advice and personality quizzes, this is both an original guide to the modern dating scene and an entertaining companion to the great novels themselves' -- Sainsbury's Magazine 20051001 '[Jane Austen's Guide to Romance] picks the juiciest bits from the Austen archives and presents them as a how to and a how not to, cut-out-and-keep guide to finding your soulmate' -- Daily Mirror 20051001 'A bitch-slap to Fein and Schneider's The Rules, albeit one delivered with a Janeite gloved hand' -- The Times 20051001 'I strongly advise singletons of whatever gender to read it' -- Independent on Sunday 20051001 'Who needs The Rules when you can find your own Mr Darcy using these wise and witty tips from Jane Austen novels' -- Grazia 20051001 '...another bestseller for thirty-somethings' -- Observer

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Lauren Henderson draws on all of Jane Austen's wit and wisdom to set down the ten first principles for a successful love life and finding a serious partner --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 28 Sep 2005
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What a wonderful book this is. Rip up The Rules and dig in to a dating book that will actually leave you feeling optimistic about love in the twenty-first century. Lauren Henderson skilfully weaves her no-nonsense advice with vignettes from Jane Austen and modern-day parallels. Whether you feel you need the advice or not, this book is a must for Jane Austen fans. Henderson's book is based in part on her academic study of courtship rituals in Jane Austen and she has some very interesting insights. Not only did Henderson's light and amusing book leave me feeling very positive about how to handle my own relationship issues, she has sent me rushing to pick up Pride and Prejudice again. I'll be reading it from an entirely different perspective this time!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen never married...! 29 Mar 2006
Good fun and you'd have to be a real sour puss not to enjoy the author's style.
Did disagree now and then with the author's comments though: she praises the heroine of Northanger Abbey for 'not obsessing' about her heartthrob and getting on with her life by reading 'The Mysteries of Udolpho'. But the Udolpho book was considered a wild romantic read, and Jane Austen was satirising the heroine's addiction to this kind of fiction, rather than approving of it.
And don't let's forget: Jane Austen fell in love, would dearly loved to have married, but never did, and one wonders if she can really be considered an expert on men and relationships.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! 7 Mar 2006
I love this book. As a fan of Jane Austen, it is a fabulous read and opens up Austen's original work in a new way. I always knew that Austen was relevant to today's way of life and this book proves it. I found it really interesting to read about the different relationships in Austen's books and how they weave together to prove a point. Lauren Henderson has looked at the more minor characters of Austen's books as well as the major ones, which makes it all the more fascinating, and then used modern day examples to hammer her point home.
I read this more for the Jane Austen connection than the actual dating advice (I'm married!), but I was ashamed to recognise myself in some of the behaviour patterns. If only I'd had this book in my twenties!
The book also contains a quiz to tell you which Austen character you are most like and which is most like your partner, to see if you are compatible. I was very excited to discover that I'm Elizabeth Bennett (if only!) and a little dissappointed to discover my husband didn't quite make Mr Darcy. However, he did come out as a Captain Wentworth which as all Jane Austen fans know, is a pretty close second and not to be scoffed at!
Finally, if you've never read any Austen, the book finishes witht a brief plot outline of all her six major works to wet your appetite. Read it, you'll love it and then read or re-read Austen's novels and see for yourself how true this book is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking 10 May 2013
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Interesting concept to dateing makes you think of the people you attract into you life and have a relationship with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the regency rules! 26 Aug 2012
By Lucinda
Jane Austen has to be one of the most recognizable and distinctive authors of all-time, whose outlook on romance has captivated and enlightened us for centuries portrayed through her memorable characters. Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion etcetera have delighted us for years with such distinctive characters, that we have come to associate with those in the modern day world who surround us. For an example of this we take a specific gentleman and see mannerisms in him that are not too dissimilar to those of Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, who is arrogant and proud on the surface until you get to see beneath the surface and find a most unpretentious and caring being beneath. Or one may look at her boyfriend or partner and wonder if he really is her faithful Captain Wentworth whom she has been devoted to for years, and if he truly has remained constant in his feelings and heart. Jane Austen's witty, perceptive and romantic novels have shown us that with a bit of common sense and good judgment one can learn to see through people's exterior and fathom out their true character within. Relationships have not changed in terms of straightforwardness; hence Lauren Henderson truly believes that we could all benefit from some of the Regency wisdom that adorned Austen's works.

This fun and insightful book is full of sage advice and witty strategies that will make you really think about the actions of others and how to judge a person's character. Complete with a quiz to find out your perfect match, this indispensable guide is a must-have for all those romantics out there who want to understand the world and those individuals within it from Jane Austen's perspective. How do you know if the man you're living with is not a Wickham or Henry Crawford in disguise?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great analysis, but repetitive 17 April 2012
I enjoyed how this book analysed the work of Jane Austen, the characters and the plots and using them to form rules that apply to today's 'dating world'. However, by the end of the second chapter, I was bored with the "modern day examples" provided at the end of each Jane Austen example. Although this may seem unfair, it seemed to me that these stories were a bit far fetched and unbelievable and I personally found them repetitive - "so and so did this and it was bad and didn't work out, but this so and so did this and got the man they wanted because they did this..." which, at six times per chapter, is a little tiring.
If you want goot character and plot evaluation, then this book is good for that. I liked how the author picked out bits of the novels I'd overlooked or forgotten about, reminding me why I love austen in the first place.
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