Maya Slater’s ‘The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy’

In my previous very short  review of Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Maya Slater, I make mention that I liked this book more than any of the other what-Mr. Darcy-was-thinking sequels [not that I have read them all.]  The American edition published by Norton is to be released on June 15th [as always, check with your local independent bookseller; and it is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Borders]

Note that the American title is The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy [so as not perhaps to be confused with Amanda Grange’s Mr. Darcy’s Diary published in 2007].

book cover private diary darcy


and though perhaps I am quibbling, I do much prefer the British edition cover …  I like my Mr. Darcys to be left to MY imagination…

book cover mr darcy's diary

Here is a Booklist review: [from the site]

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy is one of the most fascinating heroes in literature. Other writers have tried, with varying degrees of success,  to capture some of that old Darcy magic. This time around, we are made privy to Darcy’s secret diary. Though the story presented in the diary entries adheres to the structure of Pride and Prejudice,  the Bennets, even including Elizabeth herself, are very much in the background, while other characters, such as the Bingleys and Darcy’s sister Georgiana, play a larger role. While trying to fend off his growing attachment to Lizzie, “an undersized young lady of doubtful family,” Darcy recounts his day-to-day activities—managing his estate, looking after his sister, engaging in pastimes with his disreputable friend Lord Byron that would make the ladies at Longbourn blush. Austen knockoffs should always be judged on their own merits, and if the Darcy presented here isn’t quite her Darcy, or yours, the book is still a smart and entertaining period piece. –[Mary Ellen Quinn]

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  1. Pingback: Guest Post ~ Author Maya Slater « Jane Austen in Vermont

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