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Lions and Liquorice

(1995)
(Vanity and Vexation)
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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.

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


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Hardback Editions

June 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice
Author(s): Kate Fenton
ISBN: 0-312-32801-X / 978-0-312-32801-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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February 1996 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lions and Liquorice
Author(s): Kate Fenton
ISBN: 0-7451-3194-8 / 978-0-7451-3194-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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June 1995 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lions and Liquorice
Author(s): Kate Fenton
ISBN: 0-7181-3945-3 / 978-0-7181-3945-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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Paperback Editions

July 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice
Author(s): Kate Fenton
ISBN: 0-312-32802-8 / 978-0-312-32802-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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February 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lions And Liquorice
Author(s): Kate Fenton
ISBN: 0-340-64019-7 / 978-0-340-64019-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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January 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lions and Liquorice
Author(s): Kate Fenton
ISBN: 0-7862-0533-4 / 978-0-7862-0533-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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Audio Editions

January 1997 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Lions and Liquorice (Audiobook)
Author(s): Kate Fenton
ISBN: 0-7451-6740-3 / 978-0-7451-6740-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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June 1996 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Lions and Liquorice
Author(s): Kate Fenton
ISBN: 0-7451-4719-4 / 978-0-7451-4719-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers P.
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Kindle Editions

September 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice
Author(s): Kate Fenton
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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September 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lions And Liquorice
Author(s): Kate Fenton
Publisher: Hodder
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September 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lions And Liquorice
Author(s): Kate Fenton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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