Daily Bookshot: Mr Darcy Likes to Dance



Mr Darcy Likes to Dance, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock.

You may remember back in July that I spoke about Dancing with Mr Darcy (Honno Press), an anthology of 20 original stories inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House. Well here it is in all of its lime(ish) green glory, and I’m sure you’ll agree it looks rather covetable.

To recap, the 20 stories contained within Dancing with Mr Darcy were selected by award-winning author Sarah Waters, from entries to the Jane Austen Short Story Award 2009 (an award specifically launched this year to mark bicentenary of Jane Austen’s arrival in Chawton; the place where Austen was the most active during her literary life).

The overall winner – Jane Austen Over the Styx by Victoria Owens fronts the collection and is accompanied by the other 19 winning entries. Of the anthology as a whole Sarah Waters has this to say in her introduction:

What all the stories in this anthology show, is the continuing resonance of Jane Austen for modern readers and writers. None is simply an homage to the novelist, but each, in a sense, is a celebration of her work; and collectively they lead us back to her with fresh eyes.

More from me when I get around to reading it. Meanwhile further details on Dancing with Mr Darcy can be found on Honno’s website.

Honno | 05 November 2009 | £7.99 | PAPERBACK | 246 PP | ISBN: 9781906784089

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Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).