28th January marks the 203rd birthday of the publication of Jane Austen’s novel ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and what better way to honour the creation of such a beloved piece of literature than with a delightful reworking…
Lizzy Bennet’s Diary
Written/Discovered by Marcia Williams
Inspired by Jane Austen’s 'Pride and Prejudice'
Published by Walker Books
This book is a must have for any Jane Austen fan. 'Lizzy Bennet’s Diary' is a beautifully illustrated journal version of ‘Pride & Prejudice’. Utterly charming this is a mix of Austen’s wit and drama and Marcia Williams' iconic style.
The diary faithfully follows the plot of the original story and was started under the premise that Elizabeth’s father- Mr Bennet- has given Lizzie the diary as a gift, owing to the fact that she is the ‘only daughter with any brain’ in order to provide her with an opportunity to ‘express sharp observations and wit’.
Lizzy’s Diary is as much a scrapbook as it is a diary, full of illustrations, letters to fold out and read, invitations, pressed flowers and, of course, the occasional ribbon! There are notes of conversations, dinner menus, doodles and details of life growing up in Longbourn. A favourite is the insertion of ‘Aunt Gardiner’s Camomile Rinse’ in preparation for the Netherfield Ball!
The detail and care Marcia Williams has taken is extraordinary; this book is a delight from start to finish- a real labour of love for Williams and a pleasure to read. 'Lizzy Bennet’s Diary' is as much a way into the world of Austen for young readers as it is a playful read for those who know and love her work well.