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- Publisher: Mantle (9 Jan. 2020)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07W44MKYW
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- Customer reviews: 124 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Janice Hadlow has dusted down Mary, the ugly Bennet sister, and fashioned her into a heroine that even Miss Austen would approve of. A treat -- Daisy Goodwin, author of Victoria and The Fortune Hunter
Immersive and engaging, Guardian
It’s difficult not to race through those final pages -- Jo Baker, author of LongBourn and The Body Lies
This gorgeous book pays homage to Pride and Prejudice – and follows Mary Bennet, the overlooked middle Bennet sister. It’s a wonderfully warm, comforting read – perfect on a winter’s night, The Sun
I absolutely love this novel – as will any young woman who has felt herself plain, shy, bookish and crushed -- Amanda Craig, author of The Lie of the Land and The Golden Rule
Fans will need no persuasion . . . Worthy of any Austen heroine, Metro
Jane fans rejoice! I loved this thoroughly estimable, worthy homage to Austen. Exceptional storytelling and a true delight -- Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and The Summer Before the War
Puts Mary front and centre stage exploring why she was so heartbreakingly sidelined by Mrs Bennet and gives humour and sensitivity to the most overlooked of the sisters, Stylist magazine ― best books of 2020
Impeccably researched, this lifts Mary from obscurity, as she breaks out of her mother's world and follows her own path, Daily Mail --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Janice Hadlow was born in London and studied history at university. After a few years working for the House of Commons, she joined the BBC and became a television producer. There, and later at Channel Four, she played an important role in popularising history on tv, making a number of highly regarded series, including Simon Schama’s History of Britain.
She went on to run two of the BBC’s major television channels, first as Controller of BBC 4 and then BBC 2, and she commissioned hits across a wide range of genres, from Great British Bake Off to the dramas Wolf Hall and Line of Duty. She was the recipient of a number of awards, and is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, as well as of King’s College, University of London.
The Other Bennet Sister is her first novel although she has previously written one non fiction book, The Strangest Family, which told the story of the troubled relationship between George III and his wife and children.
She currently lives in Edinburgh with her husband and has two sons.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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This is a different take on a Pride and Prejudice departure. I don't often read them, to be honest, but this so well reflected the style of the times (without actually trying to emulate Austen) that I was captivated. It's a potential story of Mary Bennet, and the author captures this forgotten Bennet sister extremely well. The delineation of Mary's difficult life as the plainest of the siblings resonated. I liked the way the original story was woven in without repeating what most readers already knew.
The gradual change once Mary was allowed to grow into herself was well handled for the most part, though I did feel it was rather faster than might be natural once she went to live with the Gardiners. I confess to feeling a tad impatient at the build-up of a rival suitor to Mr Hayward - was this turning into a run of the mill love triangle? - but in fact the development of the situation did ring true for the period and made the happy resolution all the more satisfying.
The author clearly knows her stuff and this first novel proved a remarkably enjoyable read.
I've always been curious about Mary. She was so very alone. Lizzy and Jane were best friends, and Lydia hogged Kitty's attention. Their father loved Lizzy best of all and their mother only really loved Lydia. No one loved Mary. She tried to devote herself to books and music but she actually had no joy in them.
Of course, once her father died, even her home would have been lost to her, as the entail ensured the estate went to Mr. Collins. Without a husband of her own, Mary would have been left dependent on any relatives who chose to show her charity. At least she wouldn't have starved since two of her sisters married well.
I've read a few books on Mary, and this one really feels like it fits - apart from one bit near the end where Mary's nowhere near as scandalised as she should be.
Mary really blossoms in this book, but it feels like a natural growth from lessons learned along the way. I really enjoyed it and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to see more of Mary Bennet.
Very well plotted. The characterisation was good,though not sure Mary was so self effacing. Enjoyed it though...
occasion. However in this novel we hear the tale from Mary's point of view. She is not as plain as her mother makes out
and is helped by friends and a devoted servant. It has a happy ending.
Top international reviews
Hadlow’s portrayal of Austen’s characters is faithful to the original, yet subtle and convincing. That is no mean feat, because the main characters in “The Other Bennet Sister” were merely supporting players in the story of Elizabeth and Darcy. Hadlow fleshes out the two-dimensional Mr. Collins and his wife Charlotte (nee Lucas), and makes them both psychologically complex and sympathetic. The housekeeper Mrs. Hill is revealed as a substitute mother figure for a neglected, isolated little girl. And what a pleasure to spend more time with Aunt and Uncle Gardiner! Caroline Bingley is still a snarky social climber, but Hadlow shows us a vulnerable side – her Miss Bingley is more three-dimensional than Austen’s, though no more likeable. Hadlow also invents some compelling characters of her own, and sets the story in a meticulously (but not oppressively) well-researched early nineteenth-century London.
Most important, Hadlow transforms Mary Bennet into a genuinely compelling personality. Austen’s plain, awkward caricature of a provincial bluestocking, the pompous, nerdy source of comic relief to her father and social embarrassment to her older siblings, evolves into a warm and courageous young woman who finally comes to understand her own value. Excellent and highly recommended.
However what is wonderful is her growth and self direction to become a fully rounded and loveable person. Nicely written with effortless details of the era making the story one that engrossed me. In particular I found the constraints of a woman’s lot, even when relatively privileged, well depicted. Not much fun being a woman in that time.
If you like Austen, I think you’ll enjoy this.
We witness Mary’s changing living conditions, interests, and mindset. She, while staying true to herself, blooms into a woman who eventually finds love and happiness.
Well-written in the style of Jane Austen. Ms. Hadlow synchronizes events in the parent novel with Mary’s view of the same events.
Great first novel from this author. Will seek out more of her work as it evolves.
There is so much to admire and praise in Hadlow's first novel (her prior book is non-fiction) that I feel almost petty admiting the one area the book fell flat for me. As much as I enjoyed it, I found it almost overwhelming sad at times and sincerely longed for Austen's sly social satire and humor.
Admittedly, I did read the book while sheltering-in-place during the coronavirus pandemic. The Other Bennet Sister is not the escapist fiction I have recently gravitated toward; however, it is a worthy read for Austen fans around the world. Hadlow allows Mary Bennet to breathe and shine.
I was especially impressed by the male characters in the story. They're well detailed with vivid personalities. Even familiar ones like Mr. Collins are given unexpected depth. The romantic triangle went as expected and yet had many surprising elements to it. And who would have ever imagined the socially awkward Mary Bennet as the object of desire of not just one attractive bachelor, but two!
The many false starts Mary makes are as painful to read as they are to our literary heroine. But the gradual steps in her journey of self-discovery also give us reasons to cheer her on.
Mary's story gives us interesting looks at Jane's and Elizabeth's married lives; as well as the Gardiners, the Collins, the widowed Mrs. Bennett, and the increasingly desperate Caroline Bingley.
Mary observes and concludes none of these relationships are what she's looking for - but how does she decide what, and who, that is?
I have to disagree that this story is close to Austen's "voice". It doesn't need to be - it stands on its own as a first-rate entertaining story that sheds a welcome light on an often-forgotten character.
I'm not one to give up on a book...expecting a twist or turn to grab my attention. Unfortunately, The Other Bennett Sister" was dull and boring right up the last page.