The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet
Titled Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride and Prejudice in other editions, this book is a re-telling of Jane Austen's most famous book through the eyes of the youngest of five sisters. It follows the classic story, so you know exactly what to expect of Lydia . . . or do you?
Fans of any classic are likely to be touchy about new treatments of the tale, but it's likely that those who love Jane Austen will be happy enough with this take. The book is true to what we know about Lydia's actions and statements, but it offers a more complete - and sympathetic - picture about what happens at Longbourn and on Lydia's ill-advised trip to Brighton. It's a quick and charming read.
"If I were a man . . . I would live outside, always, and have a splendid horse and gallop from one end of the country to the next, jumping hedges and fording rivers, and I would have a greatcoat with pockets full of useful things like knives and string, which I could wrap around myself at night when I was under the stars, and I would have a gun across my back to catch the dinner I would roast over a fire, and have adventure after adventure, and one day when I had grandchildren their eyes would pop clean out of their heads with the excitement of listening to me.
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