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Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship: The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen’s Most Eligible Bachelor

Fitzwilliam Darcy/ Emily Brand

Old House books

July 23, 2013

paperback, 192 pages


Inspired by the works of Jane Austen, the amusingly tongue-in-cheek Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship is written from the perspective of Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy and closely based on real Regency advice manuals. It is a hilarious and irreverent picture of the social mores of the period and of how men thought about women – and sheds amusing light on men of the modern age, too! Readers can dip into different sections for Darcy’s views on a myriad of issues, including “What Females Want”, “The Deceptions of Beautiful Women” and “Winning Their Affections, Flattery, Making Conversation, and Flirting!” Also included are sections written by Pride and Prejudice’s Miss Caroline Bingley and Mr Darcy’s correspondence with famous Regency figures including the Duke of Wellington.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
I: Romance in the Regency Era 
II: Making Oneself Agreeable 
III: Selecting a Wife 
IV: Winning her Affections 
V: The Proposal 
Ask Darcy: Questions from Correspondents
The title suggested to me a fun and lighthearted read, something a Jane Austen fan would enjoy. This fan was disappointed. 
Written as a satirical account on Darcy and courtship in eighteenth-century England, I didn’t find this book very amusing. I thought it was too lengthy and too repetitive. 
I also don’t view Pride and Prejudice’s Mr Darcy to be as rude as he was presented in this book. Regency aristocrat, arrogant, and proud, yes, but not as preposterous as portrayed here. Just saying.
Disclosure of Material Connection: This book was provided, by Shire Publications, in exchange for an honest opinion. No other compensation was received.


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