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Lions and Liquorice [Hardcover]

Kate Fenton
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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12 Jun 1995
This romantic comedy of class and manners centres on the arrival of a TV crew in the sleepy village of Maltham in Yorkshire to film an adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice". Nicholas Llewellyn Bevan, local impoverished novelist, is puzzled - he always thought the book was set in Hertfordshire.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd (12 Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718139453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718139452
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,365,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I cannot resist this novel (Poisoned Pen) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining 15 Jun 2000
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Try to find this 6 Feb 2001
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Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit Absolutely the right chord 21 Oct 2001
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Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen would approve. 2 May 1999
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Format:Paperback
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and funny 25 April 2000
Format:Paperback
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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