Thursday, November 13, 2008
Two Reviews for Lydia Bennet's Story from Bath
I've had two lovely reviews from Bath this week, the first from Joceline Bury of Jane Austen's World Magazine and the second from The Bath Chronicle, Bath's own newspaper.
Joceline Bury says 'Jane Odiwe...gives us a heroine who is remarkably likeable...Lydia's diary... a catalogue of frivolity - reveals a great sense of fun, an engaging lack of self-pity and an unerring eye for a good-looking chap ...(Odiwe's) technique of interspersing third person narrative with 'diary extracts' works particularly well as a way of counterpointing the disastrous events in Lydia's life with her indomitable optimism and spirit.'
There is also a competition in the magazine to win three copies of my book. If you'd like to enter you can subscribe to the magazine by clicking here
The new format magazine is just the right size to pop into your handbag and has some very interesting articles:
Credit Crunch: Austen Bank Goes Bust
Pride and Prejudice - The New Musical
Lost in Austen: Hugo Rifkind on the TV series
Christmas in Regency England
The above are just a few examples of what's to be found in this month's issue, plus there is news from JAS and JASNA, as well as being sumptuously illustrated throughout.
Next from Bath's own newspaper,'The Bath Chronicle' comes this review.
A new twist in the tale for Austen's Lydia
Jane Austen fans are in for a treat with Jane Odiwe's sequel to Pride and Prejudice detailing Lydia Bennet's story.
Lydia, the thoughtless, conceited younger daughter who was only interested in flirting with officers and getting married before her sisters, has a chance to redeem herself in this novel.
Creatively interweaving the narrative with extracts from Lydia's diary, the reader begins to understand her actions and the motives of others.
In part one Jane Odiwe focuses on Lydia's description of the events which take place in Pride and Prejudice.
In part two where Austen's novel leaves off, Jane and Elizabeth are happily settled in their estates while Lydia is finding life hard with her husband, the dashing-but-deceiving George Wickham.
Throughout the book new friends are introduced and old ones are revisited against a vivid background of Regency England.
In Bath, all the familiar haunts from Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are revisited; the Pump Room, the Upper Rooms, Queen Square and even Gravel Walk.
An unexpected twist brings about a happy ending for Lydia.