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Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship - The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen's Most Eligible Bachelor by [Brand, Emily]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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In one of many subtle, funny anachronisms, Darcy invokes Jay-Z's song 99 Problems, claiming 'while I am beset by nigh on one hundred grievances, a vexatious female need not be counted among them'. He advises potential suitors to be tall or, if this is impossible, invest in a monstrous tall hat, and, in typical Darcian bluntness, ensure that you are not utterly disgusting to behold. Other Austen characters make appearances as well. Emma Woodhouse pens An Apology for Single Ladies, Darcy mocks William Collins's pickup lines, and Caroline Bingley suggests treating acne with mercury paste. Brand has done a delightful job recreating Darcy at his most cranky, aloof, and yes - charming. (July) --Publisher's Weekly

'... an entertaining bonbon of a book which made me laugh out loud on almost every page ... a book that will be read aloud, to general mirth, when people are passing the port and Stilton at the end of their Christmas dinner. Witty and delightfully illustrated.' --Jane Austen's Regency World

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Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

Emily Brand


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6050 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Old House Books (3 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CPOSZCE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,287 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I soon tired of it. Mr Darcy comes across as a one-dimensional bore rather than the finely crafted, nuanced man about whom Jane Austen wrote. I was hoping for a complete turn-about at the end of the book - an acknowledgement that, for all his pontificating, Mr Darcy was, ultimately, completely taken by surprise by love...then I would have felt that the author was taking her character and characterization seriously. A shame.
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By Jennifer VINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2014
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I was considering buying this on Kindle, but I'm so glad that I spotted it on a trip to Chatsworth House, because it's a beautiful book with thick pages, ink way better quality than usual and some great drawings. The book has a really nice feel and weight to it that just invites you in, and that's before you even start reading!

Brand captures Darcy perfectly, sometimes he was such a giant knob I almost cried laughing. It was really interesting seeing how dating used to work, although I'm very glad that it's no longer like that! A great read for any Austen fan, or someone pining after their Darcy!
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This is an absolute gem of a book. As a massive Pride and Prejudice fan, this book appealed to me the second I saw it and I was far from disappointed. Written from the point of view of Mr Darcy ( and occasionally Caroline Bingley) this book is pure genius. It is filled with not only literary references, but the occasional popular culture reference too. A particular favourite being JayZ's 100 Problems: " I am beset by nigh on one hundred grievances, a vexatious female need not be counted among them". Hilarious.

This is a tongue-in-cheek book, which while not taking itself too seriously, does not overdo the wit either. I read it cover to cover for the purpose of review, but it could just as easily be dipped in and out of and I can imagine revisiting parts, if not all of this book again. It is an absolute must-read for all Austen fans.

I rate it 5/5.

I received an advanced reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I have suffered through many a Pride and Prejudice variation In my quest for the perfect companion piece to this great British institution. There have been some that are tolerable, others ridiculous and more than a few downright nauseating.

Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship is an invaluable guide through the rocky roads of love and marriage and is to be highly commended.

In short, it is funny to the point of laugh-out-loud (not at all a ladylike exhibition of manners). I even read the passage about Sharpe out to my husband, who is a great Sharpe fan, and he loved it.

The best thing I've read in a long while.
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