Lizzy Bennet's diary by Marcia Williams
Walker, 2013. ISBN 9781406346947.
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. Inspired by Jane Austen's much-loved classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, Lizzy Bennet's Diary tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet. When Lizzy's father gives her a diary, she fancies she will use it to write a novel as her real life is exceedingly dull. Then the handsome Mr Bingley moves into nearby Netherfield Park and suddenly life is every bit as thrilling as a novel. Who will he dance with at Meryton ball? Who is his haughty friend? And will Lizzy ever receive a marriage proposal? [Taken from blurb]
Lizzy Bennet's Diary is utterly delightful, for fans of Jane Austen and newcomers alike. A special mention must go to the beautifully designed and illustrated cover, as well as the lovely illustrations within the pages. Both catch the eye immediately, and deserve plenty of praise. The story itself is very well-written; Marcia Williams has managed to capture the atmosphere and characters of Pride and Prejudice while still injecting some modernity and originality into the tale. Another very enjoyable addition to the book is the use of many original letters to and from various characters, which add much more to the story. One of the best things about Lizzy Bennet's Diary is how accessible it is; it can truly be enjoyed by all ages, Jane Austen fans or newcomers alike.
Bright, colourful and enchanting, Lizzy Bennet's Diary retains all the magic of the original Pride and Prejudice, and deserves to be enjoyed by everyone.
I highly recommend this book (if not just for the beautiful illustrations).
Rebecca Adams (Student)