In case you’ve missed all the preliminary chatter, I’ll let you in on the worst-kept secret around. Ta-da! The authors of Austen Variations proudly present a new collaboration titled Pride and Prejudice – Behind the Scenes.
Here’s the official book blurb:
What did Mr. Darcy think when he first saw Elizabeth Bennet? How did Miss Bingley talk her brother out of proposing to Jane Bennet? And how did Lady Catherine de Bourgh find out Mr. Darcy was on the verge of proposing to Elizabeth? Fifteen authors of Austen-inspired fiction answer these questions and more. Here are the scenes Jane Austen never wrote: ones that happened off stage, such as Mr. Collins proposing to Charlotte Lucas, and actual Pride and Prejudice scenes from the point of view of different characters.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE: BEHIND THE SCENES is not a complete novel in and of itself. It is a collection of scenes written independently and designed to complement the original. The reader can start at the beginning or dip into any scene they choose.
If you’ve been with us for a while, this concept should sound pretty familiar. You’re probably remembering a similar book called Pride and Prejudice – The Scenes Jane Austen Never Wrote, derived from our popular P&P200 series. It was a huge success and helped us raise over $9000, given as a charitable donation to The Jane Austen House Museum.
If you didn’t get a copy, the bad news is it’s now out of print. Don’t despair, though! P&P – Behind the Scenes is the updated version, including scenes contributed by some of the authors more recently added at Austen Variations. In fact, 50% of the book is brand new material! So even if you already own the old edition, there are tons of fresh, exciting scenes for you too.
Speaking of tonnage, this big boy weighs in at around 700 pages, so it’s a treat that will last a while. Enjoy each complete-in-itself scene one at a time or, if you just can’t stop, binge read your way through it. Better yet, read it side-by-side with Pride and Prejudice, filling in the missing scenes as you go!
To whet your appetite, we have an excerpt debuting concurrently here, at the Book Rat. What was Caroline thinking and plotting in chapter 10 when she noticed Mr. Darcy noticing Elizabeth?
As with the previous incarnation of the book, the authors of Austen Variations are happy to announce that all royalties from Pride and Prejudice – Behind the Scenes will be donated to a Jane Austen charity!
We at Austen Variations are very excited about this new book. Please join us in celebrating. Put it on your wish list. Tell your friends. Give it as a gift, or buy it for yourself! Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook. (Other ebook formats may follow.)
So many contributed their talents and time to bring this project to fruition. Susan, Maria, Abigail, and Mary spent countless hours assembling and editing. And a big thanks to Debbie Fortin for her amazing efforts in proofreading this tome!
And of course, we’re kicking things off with a giveaway! Leave a comment below to enter the drawing to win one of 3 ebook copies of Behind the Scenes! Contest closes midnight Sept. 13th, and winners will be announced at Austen Variations on September 15th.
Are you on board for 700 more pages of Pride and Prejudice?