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Jane Austen's Guide to Romance: The Regency Rules Hardcover – 5 Sep 2005

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 1st. Edition : 1st. Printing edition (5 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075531462X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755314621
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If you need a dating manual, this is it' (Sunday Age)

'...another bestseller for thirty-somethings' (Observer)

'This book offers invaluable advise on how to land your own dashing Mr Darcy' (You magazine)

'has been a huge bestseller, clearly rekindling a nation's fantasies of capturing the heart, and nipples, of Colin Firth' (Independent)

'A very clever, very well executed idea. Ideal for your single gal pals' (NW Magazine)

'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)

[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)

A bitch-slap to Fein and Schneider's The Rules, albeit one delivered with a Janeite gloved hand (The Times)

'I strongly advise singletons of whatever gender to read it' (Independent on Sunday)

'Who needs The Rules when you can find your own Mr Darcy using these wise and witty tips from Jane Austen novels' (Grazia)

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Lauren Henderson draws on all of Jane Austen's wit and wisdom to set down the ten first principles for finding love and keeping your romance alive

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Sept. 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Malone on 29 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Austenanorak on 7 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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By Lucinda on 26 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
To make this clear, this is not a book that tells you how to get a man, it's a book that tells you how to cope with dating and it's various aspects. It is also a guide to yourself and your man, as it gives you clear indications of how you should act, and things to avoid.

This is certainly not a book for someone looking for a quick fling, it's more for those girls who are wanting to find someone long term, or someone to settle down with.

The best thing about this book is that it focuses on British women. A nice change from the ridiculous number of American dating guides. The author herself even points out that the mistake many women make is to read american dating guides, and then wonder why they aren't getting the results. What to remember is that British and American cultures are not as similar as we think they are. This book is a good example of this, and it never insults either culture.

Each chapter is layed out well, she discusses relationships in terms of Jane Austen novels, but then gives modern day examples. This helps to show her points really clearly, and gives them a bit more depth or understanding.

The quiz at the end was good fun, and allows you to work out your personality type (based on Austen's characters) and also to work out your man's personality type, and then tells you if those two are compatible and why. Sounds like a regular old personality test from a cheesy mag, I hear you say! Well, it has that feel too it, but I have to say, it's results are actually pretty accurate. It got my personality down fine, and also the personality of the type of man I prefer, so that impressed me.

I'd say the thing I found most annoying about this book was the fact that there were so many examples!
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