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Maria Edgeworth , John Mullan
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7 July 2011
With an introduction by John MullanMeet the Percys and Falconers, neighbouring families, each with three sons and two daughters to launch into Regency society. The hardworking, independently minded and dutiful Percys are happy to work their way up in the world but are undermined by their scheming rivals who use patronage to grab at instant fame and fortune. With their sons eased into lucrative but ill-suited diplomatic and clerical jobs, and their daughters bankrupting themselves to scale the heights of fashion, the Falconers are heading for a tumble; while the moral steadiness and strong family ties of the Percys allow them to attain both the heights of their chosen professions and a glittering match.A Regency bestseller with a clear message for our times.

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  • Paperback: 689 pages
  • Publisher: Sort of Books (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956308619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956308610
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The publishers are pushing Edgeworth as `Jane Austen's bestselling rival' and it's no more than the truth...it's glorious. --The Times July 16 2011

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Regency family values by Jane Austen's greatest rival

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I'm the publisher and although I chose to revive this novel because it's so throughly engaging and has a surprisingly topical theme I'm concerned that the tag line - `a book in four parts' - used above is misleading. The book is divided into four parts all of which are published in this one volume. It's a big book but carries you along in such an engrossing manner you can't help but speed through, pacing along with a following wind of well crafted characters, plot and dialogue. Happy reading.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an extraordinary book 29 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
I recommend this to all fans of Jane Austen as the author was a contemporary of Austen, though I suspect unfamiliar to most of us today. Many of the themes are the same, primarily the need for a young woman to make a successful marriage. However, the canvas is broader in this work and there is a lot of emphasis on the careers of the male characters in the law, medicine and the church. Although much of this seemed a bit divorced from reality and in some instances fanciful, this doesn't seem to matter much as one is swept along by the sheer enthusiasm of the narrative. It would make a great Sunday night TV drama as there is a full cast of assorted characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Regency enthusiasts 14 Mar 2007
By Siovahn A. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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If you don't already have a fondness for Regency literature, this book may seem too long and too moralistic. It is very much *not* in the modern style. However, it's not for nothing that Maria Edgeworth was one of the leading novelists of her day. The book is absolutely stunning in its condemnation of political patronage and the negative consequences of a life built on connections rather than merit. This theme, given the rampant cronyism in the current administration, is both topical and frightening. What I like most about the book, though, is that it is meticulous. The project that Edgeworth set herself was a vast one: to chronicle the negative effects of patronage on one family and the positive effects of hard-work and diligence on another. This means a lot of characters and a lot of situations, and so it is definitely not a quick read. However, by and large, she keeps the entire, unwieldy business in hand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard boiled Edgeworth 29 Nov 2013
By H. Rink - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a committed fan of novels from this era. Although not the best, this one has many points of interest although I confess some of the action left me confused and uncertain what it was all about. However, this did not take away my enjoyment of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 200 years 24 Nov 2013
By Georgia Daly - Published on Amazon.com
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Unusual style, antiquated words, but a true gift from the past. I thought I had read all the good old books, but am delighted to have discovered "new" sources of reading pleasure. Anyone who enjoys the English language and culture will appreciate this author and this story.
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By Catherine Alice Searson - Published on Amazon.com
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Very old fashioned as one would expect. Very didactic. Some funny bits. Interesting to see old plots. A lot of characters.
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