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Amanda Grange
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29 April 2011
At university Darcy and Wickham grow apart. Wickham runs through the money Darcy gives him and then takes up with the scandalous Belle. After Belle and Wickham run through a small fortune gambling and cavorting, Wickham turns to Anne de Bourgh to replenish his coffers. But the lady is not at home, and Wickham follows her and her money to Bath. Once there he bumps into Belle again, who is now a companion to Georgiana Darcy. With Belle's help, Wickham sees his opening to seduce the young Miss Darcy and secure the fortune he's always dreamt of. Darcy swoops in to foil the elopement at the last minute, leaving Belle and Wickham fleeing his wrath. Penniless, Wickham is encouraged to enlist by one of his friends. The novella ends just before he meets the Bennets and just before the opening of P&P.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc (29 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402251866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402251863
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amanda Grange specializes in interpretations of classic novels and historic events. Her novels include Lord Deverill's Secret, Mr. Knightley's Diary, and Titanic Affair.

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5.0 out of 5 stars wickham's diary 31 Oct 2013
By katymay
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This was a very short but entertaining story. I would have liked to have had more about his letter life after the failed elopement. I can recommend this story for all those like me are enjoying reading more alternative stories following on after Pride and Prejudice.
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Once again Amanda Grange has given us a great story. Its great to be able to prequel the stories and see more of these well loved characters.
I think I have the whole set now. I just love them and they all tie in so well with Jane Austens master pieces - it could be her writing them - I think Mr Wickham is one of my favourites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read 28 Jan 2013
An interesting view on how Wickham ended up the way he was. His mother, who is as frivalous as Lydia Bennett and her mother, encourages him to aspire higher in his life and that he could aim for Georgiana Darcy and Anne de Bourgh. It shows Wickham from an early age, his time at university and his fall from grace with Mr Darcy. I enjoyed reading this and it puts an interesting slant on the character of Wickham. A villain we all love to hate!!
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Amanda Grange has once again captured the spirit of Jane Austin's character. She suggests plausible childhood experiences for George. Unfortunately I found the book a bit shallow - just like George Wickham.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more plotting & scheming -- MORE SOUL. 18 Mar 2011
By Christina Boyd @xtnaboyd - Published on Amazon.com
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As George Wickham is many Jane Austen fan's favorite villain, I was delighted to learn that Amanda Grange, one of my favorite Austen-like writers, was taking on the project of writing his diary. (I loved her previous diaries -- so much so that I have pre-ordered several from England before their release date in the U.S. & happily paid for the hard back first editions and overseas shipping rates.)

But I digress... Yes, author Amanda Grange clinically journals Wickham's early years at Pemberley, depicting the friendship between the young master Darcy and how their friendship dissolved during the college days. I liked how Grange tells of how his parents met and came to Pemberley and I especially enjoyed the relationship between Wickham and his mother, who can be as frivolous as Lydia Bennet. I thought it interesting how the mother puts it in George's mind to aim higher than just the living at Pemberley and that he might one day be married to Georgianna Darcy or even Anne de Bourgh. But unfortunately the diary ends almost immediately after Darcy discovers George's plan to elope with Georgianna. What happened when George was wooing Mary King and how did that get fouled up; was George relieved when Darcy discovers him w/Lydia & saves his bacon once again?? I expected more in this diary -- as in Grange's previous "diaries" she wrote the back-story and then would take the reader through the paces of Austen's story-- since Austen's masterpieces were from a female perspective.

I also had thought that being the diary of Wickham, Grange would have somehow endeared him to the reader-- but he is unlikeable and whiney scamp from the beginning. He started as a rascal and became even more so. I never really felt much empathy OR SYMPATHY for him or his choices. Grange does follow his thought process of how he came to be, but I had hoped that she would have written him so that we would have been endeared to him, despite what we know about this bad boy.

Oh well. At $6.95-- its a fair price. I read the entire book in 2 hours. There are blank pages separating journal entries that pad the book. AND YET, I still look forward to Grange's future Austen villain's diaries that are sure to come. I am just hoping that they won't seem such a hasty job. A bit more plotting and scheming-- and A LOT more soul please.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, very quick read 5 Jun 2011
By G. H. Cangahuala - Published on Amazon.com
I have enjoyed all of Amanda Grange's Jane Austen spin-off books, especially the Diary books. I was eagerly anticipating "Wickham's Diary" because it was the first of Ms. Grange's books to focus on one of Austen's bad boys. I was curious to see what made Wickham tick, and I wanted to see if Grange was able to somehow infuse some redeeming qualities into Wickham.

"Wickham's Diary" was entertaining, if a bit short (lots of white space and half-blank pages). I read the whole thing in one sitting. There was some interesting insight into Wickham's upbringing (makes you want to wring his mother's neck), which helped me - as the reader - to understand what made Wickham into what he was as an adult.

However, the book ended just as Wickham was about to meet the Bennett family. I almost screamed in frustration because I wanted to get into Wickham's head during the "Pride and Prejudice" time period leading up to his running away with Lydia Bennett. I was so curious to hear his thoughts from his own point of view. So imagine my disappointment when the book ended just as Wickham heard about this new family of girls (the Bennetts) moving to Hertfordshire.

Ah, well. I still found the book entertaining and am looking forward to Ms. Grange's next book, whatever it may be. For those of you who have not read Ms. Grange's other Diary books, try "Colonel Brandon's Diary" or "Mr. Darcy's Diary," both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Love Amanda Grange, but this book doesn't get to the Pride & Prejudice story 24 Jun 2013
By Cathrine S - Published on Amazon.com
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I re-read the summary and it's not clear, but we don't get to the Pride & Prejudice story! I so want to see what Wickham is thinking when he seduces Lydia, but that's not this story. It does help make one more sympathetic to Wickham in general.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wickham's narcissistic musings are fun to read! 25 July 2014
By Cynthia Ross - Published on Amazon.com
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In reading other reviews, I see that many were disappointed that the book was a prequel only. It does, however, provide a believable back story for the man. He's presented as an pathological cultivator of "useful" people, without any feeling for his fellow humans. His thoughts as written in his diary are so self-absorbed that they're funny at times, as I'm sure was the author's intent. I enjoyed this a lot.

Borrowed via the new Kindle Unlimited service, which I love!
5.0 out of 5 stars WD 21 April 2014
By thewriter'sroom - Published on Amazon.com
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This was honestly one of the most capturing stories I have ever read. I barely wanted to put it down!
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