If you’ve ever wished you could dance with Mr Darcy, be whisked off your feet by Mr Wickham or indulge in gossip with the daring Dashwood sisters this is the volume for you...the third collection of tales shortlisted for the Chawton House Library Short Story Award. The twenty stories take as their inspiration minor characters from the famous novels and lesser known works and turn them into heroes and heroines for a new generation. Award winner ‘The Wedding Planner’ takes the characters from Austen’s novella Lady Susan and transports them to the 21st century and new modes of communication. Some are contemporary to Austen, others contemporary to current readers. All offer an intriguing insight into the inner lives of one of the world’s most loved authors’ best-loved works.
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Lindsay Ashford is the author of seven crime and historical novels. She has also edited several short story collections. The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen was dramatized for BBC Radio 4 in 2014 and has since been optioned for television. Beginning in 2009, Elisabeth Lenckos spent three months as a Fellow at Chawton House Library, a stay that changed her life. Caroline Oakley has worked on the previous two volumes of Chawton House Award winning stories as editor at Honno Press. Emily Ruth Verona received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Cinema Studies from The State University of New York at Purchase. She is the recipient of the 2014 Pinch Literary Award in Fiction.
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