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I am fifteen years old today, and this journal was a present from Mary. She says I must write in it every day to improve my mind.
“Whatever for,” Mamma cried, “when she is so pretty?”
Father asked, “Are we even certain Lydia has a mind?”
“Of course she does!” Mary said. “It’s just not very developed.”
“Excuse me!” I tried to look down my nose at her, which was not easy because I was sitting and she was standing. “Right now, my undeveloped mind thinks you are extremely rude.”

About the book

A spirited, witty and fresh reimagining of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, from the perspective of the youngest and wildest Bennet sister, Lydia.

Lydia is the youngest Bennet sister and she’s sick to death of country life – instead of sewing and reading, she longs for passion and adventure.

When a red-coated garrison arrives in Merryton, Lydia’s life turns upside down. As she falls for dashing Wickham, she’s swept into a whirlwind social circle and deposited in a seaside town, Brighton. Sea-bathing, promenades, dances and scandal await – and a pair of aristocratic twins, who offer her the life she thinks she seeks. But can Lydia find out what she really wants – and can she get it?

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“I loved this: both faithful and affectionate to Austen’s original and told with humour and a contemporary feel.”

Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

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