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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc; Reprint edition (1 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402208766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402208768
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr Darcy's Diary is a fantastic book that lovers of Jane Austen will thoroughly enjoy reading. Providing us with a long awaited sequel to what happened after Elizabeth and Darcy married it will once again have you wrapped up in the world that Jane Austen originally created. A must read book for women everywhere! --Enchanted Entertainment. If you were besotted with the charms of the Pride and Prejudice hero, you're sure to fall head over heels with the original alpha male once you've read his innermost thoughts and feelings about his courtship of Elizabeth Bennet recorded in his own journal. A great treat for all Darcy fans. --Essential (July 2007). If you were besotted with the charms of the Pride and Prejudice hero, you're sure to fall head over heels with the original alpha male once you've read his innermost thoughts and feelings about his courtship of Elizabeth Bennet recorded in his own journal. A great treat for all Darcy fans. --Essential (July 2007). If you were besotted with the charms of the Pride and Prejudice hero, you're sure to fall head over heels with the original alpha male once you've read his innermost thoughts and feelings about his courtship of Elizabeth Bennet recorded in his own journal. A great treat for all Darcy fans. --Essential (July 2007) If you were besotted with the charms of the Pride and Prejudice hero, you're sure to fall head over heels with the original alpha male once you've read his innermost thoughts and feelings about his courtship of Elizabeth Bennet recorded in his own journal. A great treat for all Darcy fans. --Essential (July 2007). If you were besotted with the charms of the Pride and Prejudice hero, you're sure to fall head over heels with the original alpha male once you've read his innermost thoughts and feelings about his courtship of Elizabeth Bennet recorded in his own journal. A great treat for all Darcy fans. --Essential (July 2007). If you were besotted with the charms of the Pride and Prejudice hero, you're sure to fall head over heels with the original alpha male once you've read his innermost thoughts and feelings about his courtship of Elizabeth Bennet recorded in his own journal. A great treat for all Darcy fans. --Essential (July 2007). If you were besotted with the charms of the Pride and Prejudice hero, you're sure to fall head over heels with the original alpha male once you've read his innermost thoughts and feelings about his courtship of Elizabeth Bennet recorded in his own journal. A great treat for all Darcy fans. --Essential (July 2007)

'Amanda Grange has perfectly captured all of Jane Austen's clever wit and social observations to make Mr. Darcy's Diary a must read for any fan.' --Reader

'A gift to a new generation of Darcy fans and a treat for existing fans as well.' --Austenblog

'Amanda Grange has perfectly captured all of Jane Austen's clever wit and social observations to make Mr. Darcy's Diary a must read for any fan.' --Reader

'A gift to a new generation of Darcy fans and a treat for existing fans as well.' --Austenblog

'Amanda Grange has perfectly captured all of Jane Austen's clever wit and social observations to make Mr. Darcy's Diary a must read for any fan.' --Reader

'A gift to a new generation of Darcy fans and a treat for existing fans as well.' --Austenblog

About the Author

Amanda Grange is a popular author of historical fiction in the UK. She specializes in creative interpretations of classic novels and historic events, including Jane Austen's novels and the Titantic shipwreck. Her novels include Lord Deverill's Secret, Mr Knightley's Diary, and Titanic Affair. She lives in England.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By dandelion on 6 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
As an Austen addict I have read some of the sequels and found most of them silly and boring so I had no great expectations of this book, but it is a nice treat. She does not fall into the Barbara Cartland style that so many Austen-wannabees often do. The language is very good and she really makes an effort (as someone else wrote) to write Austenish. I agree with the other review that said that one really feels Darcy's torment and that this sequel is close to Colin Firth's interpretation of Darcy.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on 10 May 2007
Format: Paperback
What an insidious book this is! It just grabs you and sucks you right into it, so that you can't or don't even want to put it down for even one second. You just want to keep reading and reading and reading. Oh, my.

It is so easy to picture the Darcy and Elizabeth of the marvelous BBC/A&E production of ten years ago as you read Darcy's words. You wonder how this pompous stuffy prig ever managed to have even one friend, let alone the darling Charles Bingley. Darcy is the most disagreeable character until Lizzie takes him down several notches. Good for her!

When you first start reading this, you tend to think, `oh, this is so simple,' but then before you quite know what's happened, you're part of the story, and it just won't let go. You ride along, sort of on Darcy's shoulder, watching as the action unfolds with the Bennet family and Wickham, the Lucases and Mr. Collins, Lady deBourgh and her household, and Darcy's sister Georgiana and cousin FitzWilliam, plus of course, Bingley and his sisters. It's amazing! In the other versions (including the wonderful original) you see everything as it happens from your standpoint as an observer. First person is so very different, creating almost a `you are there!' situation.

You won't soon forget this Mr. Darcy. Of course, I've not yet forgotten the other one - Colin Firth as the premier Mr. Darcy of all time. It was amazing to hear that voice in my mind as I read his words and felt his inner pain as he tumbles from his lofty perch to join the rest of us mortals in his quest for the love of his life. Eventually, he's even willing to put up with Mrs. Bennet if only he can have his Lizzie.

Of course, true love wins out in the end. Hooray! Brava to Ms. Grange. This is a masterful concept, masterfully executed. I wouldn't mind a sequel, either.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. Hurst on 4 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is only the third Austen-inspired novel I have read but I found it excellent. I only read it by chance because my mother saw it in the library and picked it up thinking I would like it and I loved it.

What a writer has to be careful of with taking a character like Darcy as the main focus is that his reserve must be just as much of a feature as his growing love for Elizabeth Bennet. Amanda Grange has done well not only to show her reader the warmth of feeling hidden behind the proud exterior, but has also skilfully demonstrated his changing attitudes and the way his character evolves throughout the timespan of Pride and Prejudice.

The book being in diary form, meticulous attention is given to the dating of events. It could be argued that many of the conversations in the novel are drawn from Austen's original text, but given that this story is essentially Pride and Prejudice from another perspective it is inevitable that some crossover should occur.

One other thing I appreciated was the pains Amanda Grange took to make the novel's action "period-correct". Darcy and Elizabeth are never inappropriately close and she explores the disgrace of Lydia and the trouble her relations take to try to make her see the reality of her actions.

I have not yet purchased this book but when it goes back to the library, I think I will have to. It comes to a satisfying conclusion and - given the possible hint of further plot development at the end - I hope the author is considering making her Darcy begin another diary where this one finishes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By amantedofado on 5 Aug. 2008
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I recently read part (and a very small part) of Linda Berdoli's ghastly attempt to write a Pride & Prejudice sequel, Mr Darcy Takes a Bride. I've written a review of it, which can be read on that page. Here, I'll just say that it is the worst book I've ever tried to read. I had also ordered Amanda Grange's diary by Mr Darcy, and I rather dreaded reading it for fear it might turn out to be more rubbish. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Ms Grange can write and that she knew how to get this right. The great trap for amateur writers trying to write a period book, especially one based on an existing classic, is that it can lead to attempts to imitate the original style. Instead, Grange chose the right path, writing in clear modern prose that did not jar with the conceit of this being a diary written in the early 19th century. She also avoided the trap of inventing so much that she would be out-Austening Austen. Her narrative runs smoothly alongside the original text without seeming a boring repetition of it. The insights we have of Darcy's thought processes do not alarm us. They are much what we always expected. But it is a pleasure to see the story from a different angle. It must be very hard to keep the reader's attention since, after all, they know what happens at every turn. I plan to read more of her novels, and I recommend this one very heartily.
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