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Kim Izzo
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12 April 2012

It's a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen knew more about marriage than anyone else. (Never mind that she never got married herself...)

It's in the midst of the recession when Kate, a freelance journalist and self-professed Jane Austen addict, finds herself single, unemployed and soon-to-be homeless (not to mention about to turn 40).

In desperation she accepts a writing assignment to prove a theory that in the toughest economic times a wealthy man is the only must-have accessory. So, with just Jane Austen's advice for company, she sets off to see if Mr Rich can ever become Mr Right.

Her mission takes her to Palm Beach, St Moritz and London. Where, in keeping company with the elite, she meets billionaires, oil tycoons, and generally men who make Mr Darcy look like an amateur. But will rubbing shoulders with men of good fortune ever actually lead her to love?

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444737678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444737677
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This delightful and witty book contains a meaningful message. A very satisfying read.' (Katie Fforde)

'This wonderfully light romantic comedy reads like a cross between Pride and Prejudice and The Devil Wears Prada - with a healthy hint of Ugly Betty's humour... Fast-paced, cinematic and indulgent, this is the ultimate Martini-fuelled beach read' (Red)

'Kim Izzo has written a humorous and engaging modern day love story. "Kate Shaw" is a romantic who will inspire a new generation, whether they're looking for love, or have already found it.' (Nia Vardalos, screenwriter and actress, My Big Fat Greek Wedding)

'Clever, engaging and entertaining, Kim Izzo's delightful novel is a must-read for Austen die-hards (which means all of us!) and a fun and funny take on modern marriage mores. Life begins at 40, don't forget it - Jane would agree!' (Melissa de la Cruz, NYT bestselling author of Witches of East End)

'A self-professed Jane Austen addict tries her hand at gold-digging in Izzo's charming debut novel, full of lavish parties, frothy escapist fantasy, and hilarious misadventures.' (Publishers Weekly)

'A highly comic read and a must-have for Austenites everywhere' (Image)

'Glamorous stuff!' **** (Star)

'A laugh-out-loud read with an enjoyable plot, Kate's kinship to Austen's heroines is sure to resonate with females of all ages' (Candis)

'Such a hoot... Gloriously funny' (Saga)

'A wonderful and entertaining debut, one that had me fascinated from the word go... a bitter-sweet and enchanting book.' (

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Every generation gets the Pride & Prejudice it deserves... A hilarious debut for fans of Jane Austen (and Mr Darcy!) everywhere

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read xXx 14 April 2012
By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
When this book arrived in the post as soon as I opened it I instantly loved the cover of the book, it would definitely be one that would catch my eye on the book shelf, but then I read the title of the book The Jane Austen Marriage Manual and I was a little hesitant to start reading this book as I am not a fan of Jane Austen, well to be completely honest I am not really a fan of classics at all (sorry!) None the less I decided to give it a try.

We meet our main character Kate Shaw who is about to turn 40, lose her job, her family home and to top it all of she is single. Desperate to try and give herself and her family the financial stability they need she soon snaps up a chance of some freelance work that could change her life completely.
Using Jane Austen's rules Kate needs to find a rich man to marry but will she find love with the same man?

The storyline is a modern day love story with a great mix of loveable characters from a different mix of classes. I found myself laughing away at various situations Kate got herself into when mixing with the higher class characters my favourite has to be when she is asked to examine a cow!

I am a real sucker for a great romance story and this one had me gripped as it was a fresh unique storyline which made each and every page a joy to read. I am so glad I didn't let the title steer me away from this book because although Katie's assignment is based on Jane Austen's rules there wasn't a Jane Austen overload feel to it.

If you are looking for a delightful modern romance story with some great humour you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Laugh Out Loud Zesty Ride 14 April 2012
By Loulou
Format:Kindle Edition
Kate is one of my favourite heroines of recent time because she's so smart and yet at the same time she's so nuts! I mean to say that Kate is GOOD crazy i.e. endearingly, believably strung-out in way that makes me groan in ecstacy as I relate to every hilarious humiliation and modern misstep. They say that Jane Austen wrote the chick lit of her time; this is indeed a great example of Jane for our millenium. My misery loves company and Kate, you kept me great company. I miss your antics and I hope one day there's more. A writer to keep my eye on for sure. Wit, warmth and insight that go down like a delicious cocktail -a bit tart, a bit sweet!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, saccharine, embarrassed I bought it! 21 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Oh this was such a disappointment! I bought it as it was rated highly and Amazon said people who purchased other books I'd loved (One Day, Me Before You...) also bought this. Plus I fancied something light and easy going but my goodness it was just cringeworthy; the characterisation was so transparent and it was just so obvious what was going to happen, I read it to the end as I was hoping something funny would happen to make it at least amusing, but it was just all such lightweight froth. I didn't manage to feel attached to any of the characters, or warm to the main girl, I just think this probably ended up being published because the author knew someone at the publishing house or something like that. It was just like when you watch a romcom hoping for a genuinely observant, sweet, simple story, but you end up with something with a dreadful script and embarrassingly facile plot. Also it smacked of an American's view of what Britain / Europe is like - totally unreal and hilarious. I actually deleted this off my kindle, it's the only time I've done that. And I don't usually read only historical literature or highbrow things, it's not as though I don't enjoy the odd bit of chick lit, but this was just awful. Anyway sorry - rant over - I do feel rather guilty giving quite such a scathing review, but I would just say if you like books like The Time Traveller's Wife, those mentioned above, The Secret History, The Magus, or anything by Maggie O'Farrell or Anita Shreve, steer clear of this - it will disappoint. (With apologies to the author...)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! 27 May 2012
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Read the review for this book in a magazine and decided to give it a go. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it as a summer read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Forty year old Bridget Jones 26 May 2012
By Blue
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This book is light reading and suits for those who know their Jane Austen's and love chick lit but would rather read stories where the main character is a forty year old woman instead of a 20-something. The book started off well and I thought it was kind of grown up Bridget Jones - funny and entertaining - but after 100 pages all the silly twists just started to irritate me and halfway through I was no longer interested in what happens next.

The book begins on Kate's wedding day as she is escaping her own wedding before the ceremony has even started. The rest of the book tells what happened before - "what woman in her right mind would try to escape a Jane Austen fantasy come true". Kate has been working as a beauty editor in fashion magazines but instead of a steady job she has been temping. Now when she is turning forty she suddenly finds that because of recession there are no more jobs available and she takes on an assignment "to write a story about making an eligible match; to see if Jane Austen's strategies still hold up." And in the process of writing the story she intends to find herself a good/rich husband. In order to make a good catch she pretends to be someone else, rich of course but also having a Scottish title. From page 82 onwards she is Lady Katharine and this is where the plot goes terribly wrong, from funny to ridiculous. The story might work better as a film but even then it would need to have Julia Roberts in the leading role in order to keep me interested in finding out how the story develops.

Perhaps my main problem was that I did not like Kate, I did not wish her a happy ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review Kim Izzo - The Jane Austen Marriage Manual
Sometimes you simply have one of those weeks, and that is exactly what happens to Katherine Shaw (known as Kate to the people around her). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jody - "A Spoonful of Happy Endings"
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
A bit of a mixture, promises more than it delivers and I was tempted to give up on it before the end - chicklit-lite
Published 13 months ago by GeeKayEss
5.0 out of 5 stars the jane austen marriage manual by Kim izzo
this is a fun book this is so Jane Austen , carry Bradshaw and Bridget jones all rolled into one !great for both its emotive and sometimes its comedy value! Read more
Published 15 months ago by iris
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jane Austen Marriage Manuel
This was an easy enjoyable read, though sometimes irritating. However, don't let that put you off. It was good mostly.
Published 20 months ago by Carol Willis
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Jane Austen with all the trimmings
Kim Izzo's debut novel opens with a brief introduction to our heroine Kate on her wedding day, flash back 6 months and the story begins, with the above quote - a twist on the... Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by Kitabi
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly not a manual I'd want to follow...
Kim Izzo's debut novel is one I've been looking forward to for a while. The idea of the story sounded great, and I really liked the cover when it was debuted online. Read more
Published on 19 April 2012 by Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe"
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