Amanda Grange

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* Darcy's Diary - US edition out January 2007, published by Sourcebooks in trade paperback.

* Darcy's Diary audiobook is on its way, release date to be decided

* Captain Wentworth's Diary - out June 2007 (UK) is now available to pre-order from Amazon here

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My new release is Mr Knightley's Diary, which is a retelling of Jane Austen's Emma from Mr Knightley's point of view.

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"Ms. Grange manages the tricky balancing act of satisfying the reader and remaining respectful of Jane Austen's original at the same time, and like Miss Woodhouse herself, we are given the privilege of falling for Mr. Knightley all over again." - Austenblog






Tuesday February 23rd


The weather was worse this evening, and it was with difficulty that I managed to walk to Hartfield after dinner, but I did not want to neglect my friends. I found Emma and her father sitting with Harriet. Harriet's presence was welcome as it meant that Emma and I could play backgammon without worrying that her father would be bored, for Harriet could read him Isabella's latest letter again: little George had a cold, the baby was growing rapidly, and Henry was making good progress with his reading.

'I called on Miss Bates this morning,' Emma said.

'And you are wanting me to praise you for it,' I remarked.

'No. If I want flattery, I know I must look elsewhere!'

We began to play.

'And did you find Miss Fairfax at home?' I asked her.

'I did. She had just returned from the post office. If I had called half an hour sooner I would not have seen her.'

'And did you still find her reserved?'

'Yes. I found it very difficult to have a conversation with her. She listened politely to everything I had to say, and she answered every question I put to her, but she volunteered nothing.'

'Perhaps she had nothing to volunteer.'

'Nothing to volunteer, when she has been away from us for two years? What of all her news? Talk of her friend and her friend's wedding? Of the Campbells, and her life with them? Of her time at Weymouth, and her adventure on the boat? I am sure that could occupy half an hour at least.'

'I thought she had told you something of her friend's wedding a few days ago?'

'She did, but only when I asked her outright for information.'

There was something in her tone which gave me pause.

'What mischief are you brewing now?' I asked.

She looked at me innocently.

'You are a very suspicious man, Mr Knightley. What makes you think I am brewing mischief?'

'Experience,' I remarked.

'It is sometimes very inconvenient to talk to someone I have known all my life,' she said playfully. 'It is also very unfair. It gives you an advantage. You know all about my childhood freaks, and I know nothing about yours.'

'That is because I never had any!' I returned.

She laughed.

'What is it, my dear?' asked her father, looking up from the letter.

'Mr Knightley says he had no childhood freaks.'

'I am sure he did not,' said her father. 'I have known Mr Knightley all his life, and he has never suffered from freaks. A better man it would be hard to find. Why, even as a boy he was very well mannered. I remember him saying to me, when I had had a cold: "I am sorry to hear you have not been well. I hope you are recovered?" and he was only five years old.'

I did not remember this evidence of my childhood virtues, but I said: 'There you are,' to Emma nonetheless.

'I believe I will ask John about you and find out the truth, the next time I see him,' she returned. 'I cannot believe you led a blameless childhood. I am sure you had your share of mischief.'

'As he is unlikely to visit us before the summer, I am not afraid.'

'Summer will come,' she said, 'and I will be waiting!'

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You can buy Mr Knightley's Diary from any book shop in the UK. The book can also be ordered by emailing the publishers: enquire@halebooks.com

or from Amazon



You can read an excerpt on Austenblog by clicking here

You can read another extract by clicking here

You can read the entire Austenblog review by clicking here



Darcy's Diary



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Reviews


"Darcy’s Diary is an enjoyable journey into the mind of one of the most popular characters in literary history . . . a gift to a new generation of Darcy fans and a treat for existing fans as well."

To read the entire review at www.Austenblog.com, click the link below



"Written with charm, elegance and style, Amanda Grange's excellent re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, Darcy's Diary, will make you fall in love with Fitzwilliam Darcy once again!" - Single Titles


"Absolutely fascinating. Amanda Grange seems to have really got under Darcy's skin and retells the story, in diary form, with great feeling and sensitivity." - Historical Novel Society.

"If you know your favourite book by heart, this is an extra helping" - Katie Fforde


"Jane couldn't have done it better herself! A delicious treat, devoured in one sitting by this Austen addict. And now I hear Mr Knightley's Diary is coming up - where did I put that wish-list?" - Elizabeth Young

"Darcy's Diary is a read that Jane Austen herself would have found compulsive. I loved it. The initials DD are going to be as familiar to Jane Austen fans as her own." - Penny Jordan

Find out what readers think:


"Amanda Grange does an excellent job in showing Darcy's slow growth towards a clearer undertanding of how others regard his actions and towards true self-awareness. At the same time, his perception of other characters changes - first of all of Elizabeth, but also of Caroline and Charles Bingley, and even of his cousin Anne. (I loved what Amanda Grange did with Anne.) I found the book convincing from beginning to end and enjoyed reading it very much." - Ulrike


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