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Recommend me a Jane Austen style book?

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paintedfences Thu 05-Sep-19 14:17:06

I’ve read all of Austen’s novels, and am looking for something similarly clever and well written with well drawn characters - I love the marriage element too, I don’t especially want any swashbuckling, more sippy comments in drawing rooms. Any recommendations?

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EBearhug Thu 05-Sep-19 14:18:44

Have you read Georgette Heyer? Loads of books there.

LIZS Thu 05-Sep-19 14:21:55

Mrs Gaskell - Cranford is a good start.

AliceLutherNeeMorgan Thu 05-Sep-19 20:41:32

I would also recommend Mrs Gaskell, but Wives and Daughters is my favourite

TheFaerieQueene Thu 05-Sep-19 20:43:04

Death Comes to Pemberley. PD James

Not everyone likes it, but I think it is pretty good.

whenweallfallasleep Thu 05-Sep-19 20:48:17

Have you read Tess of the Durbervilles?

TheBigBallOfOil Thu 05-Sep-19 20:50:20

You might like Nancy Mitford. Love in a cold climate especially

TheBigBallOfOil Thu 05-Sep-19 20:51:54

Very different but EM Forster might also float your boat. Howard’s End is my favourite

pumkinspicetime Thu 05-Sep-19 21:31:58

* Georgette Heyer* is my recommendation.

EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia is a different period but absolutely stuffed full of snippy comments and gossip.

MorbidMuch Thu 05-Sep-19 21:56:15

Evelina by Fanny Burney is my favourite. She inspired Austen. It even contains a Mr Willoughby and Lord Orville who is clearly a forerunner for Mr Darcy.

It's hilarious and touching.

I also recommend Belinda by Edgeworth.

pallisers Thu 05-Sep-19 22:01:12

Another vote for Mrs Gaskell and Mapp and Lucia.

Anthony Trollope's novels are very funny, lots of drawing room intrigue and human relationships but also with church politics/politics/financial issues of the day. Start with Barchester Towers - it is great.

Miss Marjoribanks by Mrs Oliphant is wonderful.

There is also a book I read years ago The semi-attached couple and the semi-detached house which was great. Virago Modern Press' catalogue is a good place to start too.

palahvah Thu 05-Sep-19 22:09:25

20th century but still buttoned-up, dry, humour drawn on social niceties - Barbara Pym. 'Excellent Women' is a good start.

wizzler Thu 05-Sep-19 22:12:19

Precious Bane by Mary Webb

Chickoletta Fri 06-Sep-19 23:08:11

Georgette Heyer, Fanny Burney, Winston Graham’s ‘Poldark’ books.

Deadringer Fri 06-Sep-19 23:13:10

Have you read The tenant of Wildfell hall by Anne Bronte? It's amazing. Also the Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Austen is my absolute favorite author but I loved those books almost as much.

CherrySocks Fri 06-Sep-19 23:13:49

Elizabeth Gaskell - North and South

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