Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship by Emily Brand
Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship’ is no ordinary Regency courtship manual, composed as it is by a Fitzwilliam Darcy as yet unmellowed by contact with Elizabeth Bennet. Full of entirely justified pride and meticulously cultivated prejudice, Jane Austen’s most famous (and most fancied) hero here reveals the secrets of his success with the opposite sex, offering hints to both ladies and gentlemen on the rules of courtship, including making oneself agreeable, identifying an appropriate partner and how to escape the unwanted attentions of rogues and fortune-hunters. *Also includes: beauty tips from Caroline Bingley, thoughts on the improper courtship techniques of Messrs Wickham and Mr Collins, reflections on spinsterhood by Miss Emma Woodhouse, and Darcy’s advice to his many illustrious correspondents including Lord Byron, the Duke of Wellington and Mr Willoughby of Combe Magna.*
This is an absolute gem of a book. As a massive Pride and Prejudice fan, this book appealed to me the second I saw it and I was far from disappointed. Written from the point of view of Mr Darcy ( and occasionally Caroline Bingley) this book is pure genius. It is filled with not only literary references, but the occasional popular culture reference too. A particular favourite being JayZ’s 100 Problems: ” I am beset by nigh on one hundred grievances, a vexatious female need not be counted among them”. Hilarious.
This is a tongue-in-cheek book, which while not taking itself too seriously, does not overdo the wit either. I read it cover to cover for the purpose of review, but it could just as easily be dipped in and out of and I can imagine revisiting parts, if not all of this book again. It is an absolute must-read for all Austen fans.
I rate it 5/5.
I received an advanced reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.