[Gifted from the publisher, Endeavour Media, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own]
There’s Something About Darcy will be available to pre-order via Amazon until publication day on the 11th November. You can find the pre-order/buy link here. There’s Something About Darcy can also be found on Goodreads here.
A must-read for every Darcy and Jane Austen fan.
Gabrielle Malcolm has taken the mass hysteria that surrounds Austen’s Fitzwilliam Darcy and turned it into a comprehensive non-fictional-essay-of-sorts. She runs through the many inspirations of the character and how he, in turn, has pathed the way for a new type of literary character.
The once brooding Gothic hero, aristocratic elitist and romantic Regency man of action has transformed into a vampire, zombie, and Colin Firth.
As an essay, it is very well done. From the (
sheer amount of) writing, you get the sense that Malcolm really appreciates Darcy as a character. It makes reading it a lil easier. Her passion for the many varying interpretations of Darcy helps you to stay on the surface level. It is, after all, one giant essay. It’s like the stuff you read for university, but it’s a lot more humble because Malcolm inserts herself into the text.
It provides some interesting interpretations of Darcy…
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I don’t usually re-read books.
I’m one of those people who get stressed out by the idea that there are *so* many books I want to read but time is a thing and I find new books to add to my TBR every other day. So, instead of re-reading books, I just read new ones.
But I want that to change this year. I’ve been really pretty down in the dumps recently and I thought: what better way to cheer myself up than by re-reading old favourites?
They’re favourites for a reason: they make me happy. I need them now more than ever. So, 2019 is officially my year of re-reads. I’ve already started on a few, but I’ve got a lot I want to get to. To make sure it happens, because, knowing me, I’ll probably get distracted by new books, I thought I’d write a post. It kinda means I have to do it then.
Let’s get to it…
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Today, I wanted to talk about a course I recently completed with FutureLearn and the University of Southampton. It was a two week course, lasting for three hours per week, dedicated to the one and only Jane Austen. It explored her myth, her reality, and her global celebrity. It’s a free course, unless you upgrade for £32 in order to gain a certificate, and is open to absolutely anyone. As an avid lover of Austen, I jumped at the chance of completing this course. You can find out more about it here, and you can find out more about a similar course I completed here dedicated to Wordsworth.
Here’s a break-down of the two weeks:
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