Vanity and Vexation

A Novel of Pride and Prejudice

Kate Fenton

Thomas Dunne Books

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A clever and cunning modern day retelling of the adored Jane Austen novel

"Tall, dark, and arrogantly handsome---not to mention distinguished, powerful, and rolling in money. Mr. Darcy? No, that's just the woman director of Pride and Prejudice," reports Nicholas Llewellyn Bevan, impoverished novelist and occasional (reluctant) journalist, when a TV production company trundles into his sleepy North Yorkshire valley. Amusedly he watches these glamorous invaders combine the filming of Jane Austen's romantic classic with the much less modest pursuit, off-camera, of real-life romances with the locals.

Under his very nose, his bashful handsome neighbor John is plucked out of a village dance by the famously gorgeous (and wealthy) leading actress, Candia Bingham, with whom he at once falls completely in love. Our would-be hero manages only to trip over the black-booted foot of the intimidating and imperious director, Mary Dance. So he's amazed---and a little bit alarmed---when her steely eye seems to be straying his way.

A witty and entertaining update on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Austen fans old and new will adore Vanity and Vexation's modern take on her sublime blueprint of the romance game complete with sex, money, and power. With an assured and respectful hand, in the context of the contemporary world, Kate Fenton has penned a riveting story with a hilarious twist.

After all, it is a truth universally acknowledged that Hollywood taking an interest---better still an option---in a novelist's work is a surefire way to propel that novelist into serious sales figures and the bestseller lists.

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Praise for Vanity and Vexation

"A must for any Jane Austen fan!"
- Melissa Nathan, author of Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field : A Novel

"An amusing, gender-reversing, media savvy, but still very British update of P&P."
-Paula Marantz Cohen, author of Jane Austen in Boca

"A sparkling, frothy tale... There are neat inversions of Austen's plot, lively characters, intelligent writing and a fun love affair."
- Elizabeth Buchan, bestselling author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

"Exciting, sexy, funny... This fresh optimistic tale is the perfect summer read... A witty and clever love story that will keep you gripped until the end - guaranteed to get even the most cynical of readers heaving a deep sigh of contentment."
- Company [UK]

"Frothy, humorous and slick."
- Daily Express [UK]

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Kate Fenton

After Oxford, Kate Fenton was employed as a researcher at the House of Commons, by a MP, and played piano on the side. She later worked for the BBC, first as a researcher, then as a features and documentary producer, in Radio Wales, the World Service, and finally Radio 4 in London. She and her husband, actor Ian Carmichael, live with two spaniels in North Yorkshire where she writes her novels. This is her first novel published in the United States.

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Vanity and Vexation
A Novel of Pride and Prejudice
Kate Fenton

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
September 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466853119
ISBN10: 1466853115
288 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
July 2005
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ISBN: 9780312328023
ISBN10: 0312328028
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$18.99
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