Lizzy Bennet's Diary by Marcia Williams
  

Lizzy Bennet's Diary

Written by Marcia Williams

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Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice remains one of the most romantic stories ever and this delightful diary is both an entertaining way into it and a fun way of recalling it if it is already familiar. Recognising that his daughter Lizzy is the only one of the four who is not an airhead, Mr Bennet gives her a diary so that she can record the girls’ life. It is the perfect vehicle for Lizzy’s sharp observations! Beautifully produced with all kinds of illustrations and loads of extra messages wittily included including fold-out letters and notes it tells the story of Pride and Prejudice against a background of the time. A truly wonderful gift.

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Synopsis

Lizzy Bennet's Diary by Marcia Williams

Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, this is a glorious retelling of Jane Austen's most famous novel from the point of view of Lizzy Bennet, its feisty heroine. Told through Lizzy Bennet's secret diary, it is a detailed and completely fresh take on one of the best-loved stories in English literature.

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An interactive and entertaining brand new take on the classic tale . . . offers a perfect opportunity to introduce young readers to Jane Austen's work and world. * Library Mice * Another enchanting confection of charmingly naive illustrations, doodles, fold-out letters, menus and programmes. Williams convincingly captures the idiom and cadence of the language of the time, and readers yet to encounter the real Elizabeth Bennet will be introduced to an appropriately feisty heroine as Lizzy. . . Winningly, Williams has also thought up names for Mr Darcy's four dogs * Books for Keeps * An easy and enjoyable pastiche of Austen's . . . its special delight lies in the illustrations, Elizabeth's whimsical marginalia and wry visual commentary on her world * The School Librarian *

About the Author

Marcia Williams

Marcia Williams' mother was a writer and her father was a playwright and theatre director. She spent the early part of her life in Canton, Hong Kong, Nigeria and the Middle East with her mother and diplomat stepfather. She loved books from an early age and remembers being read to almost every night; "I would often be scared, especially by fairy tales, but I never wanted the stories to end." She went to boarding school in Sussex, from where she sent weekly illustrated letters to her parents overseas.

Marcia didn't receive any formal art training. She calls herself "an obsessive illustrator. I've just always done it. I never consciously thought: that's what I want to do." She had a number of jobs, including nursery teacher, which is when she developed her taste for story-telling to young children; "I learnt what they found accessible and what they enjoyed." Giving up teaching to paint, she studied watercolour at Richmond College and held some successful local exhibitions before a friend suggested that she took her work to show Walker Books.

Marcia lives in London and has two grown-up children and three grandchildren, one extra-large dog and a cat.

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Format

Hardback
112 pages

Author

Marcia Williams
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Author's Website

www.marciawilliams.co.uk/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

7th November 2013

ISBN

9781406346947

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