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William Codpiece Thwackery
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30 Aug 2012
Elizabeth Bennet had been brought up to be a proper lady - with perfect manners, skilled in conversation and well respected in her community. But when Mr Elliot Bingley comes to court Lizzy's sister, she is given the opportunity to learn a somewhat different skill set upon her introduction to his friend, a Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy. It only takes one chance meeting with this tall, dark stranger for Lizzy to be lured into Darcy's secret world of lascivious practices and lusty urges. Drawn like a moth to his flame, Lizzy is the mistress of her own undoing, for Darcy has made no protestations of love; indeed, his intentions were made plain from the outset. But even the most innocent and well brought-up of young ladies have urges, and as Lizzy learns that a riding crop isn't just used for going riding on her pony, a whole new world is revealed to her, shaded black and leather-clad.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843179962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843179962
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A bodice-rippingly erotic twist on Jane Austen's classic, Pride and Prejudice (Daily Mail)

Titillating parody mash-up (TNT Magazine)

The parody will delight readers of Pride and Prejudice and lovers of Fifty Shades of Grey (Woman's Way)

This clever book is just a riot... It's peppered with puns and will have you chuckling all night. (Burnley Express)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thwack me with a soft toothbrush! 28 Sep 2012
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If you thought that Pride and Prejudice was overwrought and Fifty Shades was overbought then this is the book for you. It satirises both novels in a plot that has the same dramatic tensions as Jane Austen's original work but for entirely different and hilarious reasons. The amateur and fumbling BDSM scenes between Elizabeth and Darcy are worth the purchase price alone.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't attempt to read if you need the loo! 25 Sep 2012
By Joanne K. Pilsworth VINE VOICE
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If you like satire, you will like this book. If you like the double-entendre that one associates with comedians like Monty Python, you will like this book. If you like Fifty Shades, you will hate this book. And, if you like Pride and Prejudice, just don't go there!

This book is so hyterically funny, I would seriously warn anyone who wants to read it to do so with an empty bladder. I was laughing from the first page. The author, whomever it is in fact, has taken the whole Pride and Prejudice theme and turned it completely upside down. Apart from the BDSM parody, it also parodies a book which can sometimes be taken far too seriously. And when, at the end of the book, the characters discuss whether they should finish things or risk a sequel, I found myself laughing even more. This book would probably be seen as very politically incorrect, but it is very cleverly written.

For example: Mr Bennett is described as being a foil to the anti-hero, so the author does not bother to give him any words. Mr Bingley's endearing eagerness takes on a whole new meaning. Mrs Bennett complains about people talking about 'Mrs Bennett's Dykey Daughters', whilst taking on an almost 'chav' style herself. Elizabeth has running conversations with various alter-egos and wonders if she really ought to have stopped her medication (cf with the 'Inner Goddess' of Fifty Shades).

Joking aside, the whole 'Fifty Shades' craze has spawned a lot of really bad copies and books along a similar vein. If you are a fan of either Pride and Prejudice, or Fifty Shades, don't read this and think "But it wasn't funny.". If you like satire, you will love this book.

I am never going to be able to think of the 'back door' in quite the correct vein again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny ideas stretched very thin 25 Mar 2013
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This book didn't appeal to me nearly as much as it obviously has to others.

The basic premise is a good one, and there is some real humour derived from subverting Jane Austen's picture of 19th Century propriety with Mrs Bennett distraught because her daughters haven't yet been ravished, for example. The idea of Mr Collins as Phil Collins is also very funny to begin with, but the rather laboured jokes about his lyrics and song titles did wear pretty thin - and that's what I thought about the whole book, really. It's an inspired comic idea which would be great for a sketch or possibly even a 30-minute programme, but for me it couldn't support an entire book and I found myself skimming a lot while admittedly enjoying the occasional chuckle.

At least part of the problem is that I have not read 50 Shades Of Grey. This may be better if you have read 50 Shades, but for me it was a good comic premise and some funny ideas which made me laugh in places, but which was stretched far too thinly to maintain my interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carry On Mr Darcy! 20 Mar 2013
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Unlacing Pride and Prejudice and giving it a tongue in, er, cheek Fifty Shades of Grey makeover, this is saucy, irreverent, silly - and hilarious.

Following Austen closely, this has some wonderfully surreal moments (Mrs Bennett dirty dancing with young hussars at the Netherfield ball; Elizabeth and Charlotte doing tequila slammers). Mr Collins has become Phil Collins and can't help quoting himself (on Lady Catherine de Burgh, widow of Chris: "She'll get a hold on you, believe it. Like no other. And before you know it you'll be on your knees").

Funniest, however, is Mr Darcy via a take-off of E.L.James' inimitable prose: `his flint-grey eyes boring into hers as though trying to tunnel right through her eye sockets'... `his gaze fixed upon Elizabeth, running one of his long index fingers back and forth across his upper lip'... `Mr Darcy's grey eyes had lost their warmth now, and turned as dark as the blackest sea. His palm was twitching, as if it had a life of its own'.

If you found FSoG excruciating, and don't mind Austen being re-made as a cross between a Carry On film and those saucy British seaside postcards, this is laugh out loud funny - great for a giggle!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny! 20 Feb 2013
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This is a great book for a good giggle. it's a parody based on the best selling 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and Pride and Prejudice, and basically takes the mickey out of the two. I think you'd need to have read the two aforementioned to understand the 'in jokes' though.

A great comedy read if you need cheering up. :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hackneyed Humour 18 Feb 2013
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There is no doubting the description of `Fifty Shades of Mr Darcy' as a parody - narrative that deliberately copies the style of someone else and lampoons its characters so as to be funny. Certainly this is achieved by author William Codpiece Thwackery (alias for 19th century novelist and humourist William Makepeace Thackeray; himself a parodist) - but how much is a send up of recent best seller `Fifty Shades of Grey' and how much of the classic `Pride and Prejudice'? I never found out as I quickly became tired of the hackneyed humour and set it aside. I rarely fail to finish a book but on this occasion I failed to fulfil my Vine Voice obligations. However I read enough to be able to acknowledge eloquence in the writing coupled with amusing double entendres and witty one liners - but often at a sooty schoolboy or saucy postcard level. Narrative is well suited to a cleverly entertaining magazine article - but it palls as it progresses, and I lack the stamina to continue with what is a tedious full length novel. For me it is below `average' and hence 2-star rating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars cheeky present
Got this as a present , dont know if they have finished it but i was informed it was very silly and funny ,oh and of course a bit rude
Published 2 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Book
Bought for a friend who is extremely difficult to buy for, fortunately she saw the funny side and said it wasn't half bad, which was a bot of a relief.
Published 6 months ago by Sue McKenna
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost didn't finish it
Firstly, you really need to have read both "Pride and Prejudice" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" to get the most out of this. Otherwise the parody won't mean much. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Monique
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
This book was mildly amusing. Do not expect it to be full of wild sex though or you will be disappointed.
Published 7 months ago by theferrin
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I am typically quite relaxed about my reading, and I thought I would be able to read any book and enjoy it. This book for me proved to be the exception. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs T Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars for my daughter
I bought this book a a present for my daughter. She is passionate about Pride and Prejudice so I thought she would enjoy this.
She couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Courtney
3.0 out of 5 stars Just silly and fun...
Pride and prejudice is my favourite ever book....i also did read the fifty shades trilogy (really just as it was ALL that was being discussed at work) and really found them not to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. mckay
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, provided you're the right audience
Fifty Shades of Mr Darcy is a quite amusing, somewhat risque parody of the books Fifty Shades of Grey and Pride and Prejudice. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Miss
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and clever risque light reading.
This is a clever little piece of nonsense - a short novel blending the styles of Jane Austen and EL James. Read more
Published 12 months ago by A. I. McCulloch
4.0 out of 5 stars Childish humour. I loved it
Let me start by saying this is not high art or quality literature, it's one of those books that will make you laugh out loud, the humour is not subtle and is almost signposted,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by FLB
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