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Lions And Liquorice Paperback – 1 Feb 1996


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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; New edition edition (1 Feb. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340640197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340640197
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 975,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Fenton was born in Oldham and educated in Cheshire, Manchester and St Hilda's College, Oxford. As a BBC features and documentaries producer she worked for Radio Wales, the World Service and Radio 4. She lives on the North York Moors with her husband, actor Ian Carmichael. To find out more, visit Kate's website, www.katefenton.com.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
This book stands well enough on its own wit and sheer exuberance even if you don't catch any of the sly references to "Pride and Prejudice." I was already fully enjoying the core story of a TV crew's disrupting influence on a bucolic village before something in the pub dance scene struck a chord of recognition. It sounds as if some of the previous reviewers got a bit hung up looking for parallels when the book was offering surprises. Certainly the early chapters, which lulled this New Yorker into a sentimental longing for the Yorkshire countryside, left me quite unprepared for the breathless page-turners in the latter half. I haven't read such well-sustained suspense since Jack Finney's multi-chapter chase scene in "Time and Again."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2001
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If you love Pride and Prejudice, here's one of the most clever send ups I've read. The genders are reversed - but Kate Fenton goes further, twisting the plot more. Is it Jane Austen? No - but there was only one Jane Austen. This is fun..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2001
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I loved this book. As I love "Pride and Prejudice" I was slighlty wary of reading this book. It was soon abudently clear that I wouldn't have to worry on that account, The role reversal of the characters was brilliant and making the connections with Austen was just downright fun. I read it very quickly because I just couldn't stop myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 1999
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This is one of the most delicious books I've read in years. A modern version of Pride and Prejudice, Lions and Liquorice turns Austen's demure maidens into a pair of North Yorkshire males whose lives are turned upside down when a production of Pride and Prejudice shows up in the village for filming. In this version, it's the women who are rich, famous and successful, starting with the Darcy figure, who is the 'tall, dark, and arrogantly handsome woman director.' The chief character, Nicholas Llewellyn Bevan, is a local writer whose reviews are better than his income, and who, like Elizabeth Bennett, finds himself reluctantly drawn to the director. But that's just the beginning. The Pride and Prejudice echoes take place on at least three levels, the wit is wonderful, and the ending quite satisfyingly romantic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tang on 25 April 2000
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I soon forgot about the Pride and Prejudice connection while I was reading this book. It was just downright funny, splashed with Northern humour (?), and a hysterical ending. The language of the book takes a bit of getting used to, but don't let that put you off. Read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov. 1999
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I haven't found many 'sequels' or 'parallels' that were worth the effort of reading; anyone who's asked me about them, will know well my views on Emma Tennant's versions! Lions & Liquorice is a rather original re-look at P&P - with the gender of the main characters reversed. Re-working Elizabeth Bennet as a man was a very risky venture, and for the most part this book carries the idea rather well. It's based around a film set, which allows some 'liberties' with a modern setting that otherwise wouldn't have worked so well. The only critism is that the ending is a bit pat; something more like the way 'Clueless' handled Emma would have been better, but I liked it anyway.
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