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The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow

The Other Bennet Sister

Janice Hadlow

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2 reviews

Imprint: Mantle
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 9 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781509842025

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

4 stars out of 5
11 Jan 2020

"Hadlow builds an immersive and engaging new version of a familiar world"

In The Other Bennet Sister, Hadlow builds an immersive and engaging new version of a familiar world; her approach feels at once true to the source material and to life. In Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet, readers glimpse the person we might aspire to be – brilliant, beautiful, ending up with all the prizes – but in Hadlow’s Mary we recognise a more familiar figure: self-sabotaging, low on self-esteem, struggling to get through the day while others seem to sail effortlessly by. Hadlow’s great achievement is to shift our sympathies so completely that when happiness becomes a possibility for Mary, it’s difficult not to race through those final pages, desperate to know if she will, after all, be allowed – will allow herself – a happy ending.

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3 stars out of 5
2 Jan 2020

"ry, one of the five impoverished Bennet sisters. Unlike her siblings, Mary is possessed of neither beauty, wit nor charm, so her prospects in the marriage market are deemed negligible. Knocked back by a first unsuitable attraction, and constant put-down"

An obvious labour of love, impeccably researched, this lifts Mary from obscurity, as she breaks out of her mother's world and follows her own path. Whether such an earnest, self-absorbed heroine merits quite such a lengthy account is with the jury.