Pride and Perjury

Twelve Short Stories inspired by Pride and Prejudice

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Pub Date 30 May 2024 | Archive Date 15 Jul 2024
Warleigh Hall Press | Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles

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Twelve delicious short stories, the fourth volume in what Publishers Weekly described, last June, as "McVeigh's celebrated Austenesque series". Nine are Pride and Prejudice-inspired.

If you've ever wondered what really happened when Wickham eloped with Lydia - or imagined what the Longbourn servants secretly thought about the Bennet girls - or felt curious about how Mr Elton wooed Miss Augusta Hawkins in Bath... it's all here! Lady Catherine's diary is open to you - and Miss Caroline Bingley's - along with Mr Knightley's heart.

Buy your copy today, and fall in love with your favourite Austen characters, all over again!

(Previous titles in this series have been shortlisted for the UK Selfies Book Awards at the London Book Fair, been joint runner-up for Foreword Indies' "Book of the Year" and been quarterfinalists for the BookLife Prize.) 

Twelve delicious short stories, the fourth volume in what Publishers Weekly described, last June, as "McVeigh's celebrated Austenesque series". Nine are Pride and Prejudice-inspired.

If you've ever...

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This collection of short stories gave me a new appreciation for the minor characters in Jane Austen's work (not just Pride and Prejudice!) and helped me to even possibly like/feel sorry for Lady de Bourgh, the Bingley sisters, and Mr. Elton! I was especially intrigued by the suggestion about Harriet Smith's origins. This is definitely a five star book if you're an Austen lover!

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I love reading classics - it’s one of my favorite things to do and I reread Jane Austen’s works at least once a year.

I also really enjoy Jane Austen Fan Fiction (JAFF), particularly, P&P reimaginings and sequels, and whenever I see a new title who’s synopsis catches my interest, I will read it (with varying degrees of reader enjoyment). Such was the case for Pride and Perjury - I also really enjoy short stories from time to time and was excited to start this.

I was pleased and impressed by how well written this collection is - the stories are engaging and the text is very appropriate for the time, Ms McVeigh successfully captured the tone of Austen’s writing. I very much enjoyed this and definitely recommend to Jane Austen fans.

Thank you to Warleigh Hall Press and NetGalley for the DRC

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This is a new kind of book for me. Pride and Perjury consists of 12 short stories that are inspired by Jane Austen. These stories borrow characters from Austen's own novels, and even twists some of her own plots. Alice McVeigh wonderfully adapted the writing style of Austen into her own, and as someone who loves Jane Austen's books highly appreciated this. Those that may be wary of Austen's style though, fear not as this book is very accessible to those who may not be familiar to books like Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Perjury was beautifully crafted and I believe read best after reading Pride and Prejudice (and maybe some of the other Austen masterpieces). It gives you different stories and perspectives, which is fun when Austen herself, much deceased, can no longer make books. I really enjoyed reading this book and being reminded just how much the themes of love and class are still present in our current society.

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See Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in an entirely new light when retold through short stories from the points of view of various minor characters. Every story is introduced by a related Jane Austen quote, and each tale begins from there. The author endeavors to emulate Austen’s writing style as she reimagines the interactions and dialogue between the characters. This is a lighthearted return to the world of Pride and Prejudice, perfect for fans of Jane Austen’s work.

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"Pride and Perjury" by Alice McVeigh is a delightful collection of twelve short stories, the fourth volume in McVeigh's acclaimed Austenesque series. Nine of the stories draw inspiration from "Pride and Prejudice," offering fans a fresh look at beloved characters and events. Ever wondered about Wickham and Lydia's elopement or the servants' perspectives at Longbourn? McVeigh fills in these gaps with wit and charm.

The stories bring new depth to Austen's world, featuring entries from Lady Catherine's diary, insights from Miss Caroline Bingley, and even Mr. Knightley's musings. McVeigh's brilliant command of Austen's diction and tone, as praised by Kirkus, makes each story feel authentically Austenian.

While the number of characters and subplots can sometimes be overwhelming, the book's engaging narratives and clever twists make it a must-read for Austen enthusiasts. "Pride and Perjury" is a charming addition to McVeigh's standalone series, inviting readers to fall in love with their favorite Austen characters all over again.

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This is a refreshing and very funny collection of short stories where Jane Austen 's wit and sharp eye for detail are honoured by author Alice McVeigh. What a joy to accompany the arrogant Mr.Elton to Bath in search of a wife after his humiliation at being rejected by Emma. To read of the connivance and tactics and to meet Miss.Bingley again, older and anxious to be wed. McVeigh takes Austen's description or passing character and gives them dialogue and presence, providing a deliciously new angle to the stories we know so well. I worried about reading this book in case the stories were pastiche or too modern in voice. But I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would recommend to anyone who has loved Jane Austen books and wished there were more.

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