The Other Bennet Sister

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In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mary is the middle of the five Bennet girls and the plainest of them all, so what hope does she have? Prim and pious, with no redeeming features, she is unloved and seemingly unlovable.

The Other Bennet Sister, though, shows another side to Mary. An introvert in a family of extroverts; a constant disappointment to her mother who values beauty above all else; fearful of her father’s sharp tongue; with little in common with her siblings – is it any wonder she turns to books for both company and guidance? And, if she finds her life lonely or lacking, that she determines to try harder at the one thing she can be: right.

One by one, her sisters marry – Jane and Lizzy for love; Lydia for some semblance of respectability – but Mary, it seems, is destined to remain single and live out her life at Longbourn, at least until her father dies and the house is bequeathed to the reviled Mr Collins. But when that fateful day finally comes, she slowly discovers that perhaps there is hope for her, after all.

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Description

For Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice fans everywhere, this is Mary Bennet’s story . . .

‘Will delight Pride and Prejudice fans’ – Independent’

It’s difficult not to race through those final pages’ – Jo Baker, author of Longbourn

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mary is the middle of the five Bennet girls and the plainest of them all, so what hope does she have? Prim and pious, with no redeeming features, she is unloved and seemingly unlovable.

The Other Bennet Sister, though, shows another side to Mary. An introvert in a family of extroverts; a constant disappointment to her mother who values beauty above all else; fearful of her father’s sharp tongue; with little in common with her siblings – is it any wonder she turns to books for both company and guidance? And, if she finds her life lonely or lacking, that she determines to try harder at the one thing she can be: right.

One by one, her sisters marry – Jane and Lizzy for love; Lydia for some semblance of respectability – but Mary, it seems, is destined to remain single and live out her life at Longbourn, at least until her father dies and the house is bequeathed to the reviled Mr Collins. But when that fateful day finally comes, she slowly discovers that perhaps there is hope for her, after all.

Simultaneously a wonderfully warm homage to Jane Austen and a delightful new story in its own right, Janice Hadlow’s The Other Bennet Sister is, at its heart, a life-affirming tale of a young woman finding her place in the world.

Witty and uplifting, it will make you feel – and cheer – for Mary as you never have before.

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
ISBN

9781509842049

Author

Hadlow, Janice

Publisher

Pan Books

Binding

Paperback

1 review for The Other Bennet Sister

  1. Katherine Brown (verified owner)

    In telling Mary Bennet’s story, Janice Hadlow has evoked the same exquisite agony and claustrophobic longing for love and certainty as Jane Austen herself.
    The book begins before Pride and Prejudice’s start and while briefly touches upon some of the events of Austen’s work, this is not a retelling of a beloved novel from a different perspective. This is Mary’s story.
    A wonderful tale of a woman coming to terms with herself. Intelligent but raised within Mrs Bennet’s narrow notion of what a woman ought to be, Mary battles with her self-worth, her desire to be herself, her desire to be seen as accomplished in her talents and most of her desire to fight for her happiness, even in the face of uncertain circumstance.
    The tone is beautiful, easy to read, and Hadlow’s treatment of established characters from one of the greatest works in English Literature, is not only deeply respectful, but also brilliantly executed.
    If you love Jane Austen, then you will love this book.

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