Love & Friendship (Hardback)
*NOW A MAJOR FILM STARRING KATE BECKINSALE, CHLOE SEVIGNY AND STEPHEN FRY*
With a pitch-perfect Austenian sensibility and wry social commentary, filmmaker and writer Whit Stillman cleverly re-imagines and completes one of our greatest writers' unfinished works. Love & Friendship is a sharp comedy of manners, and a fiendishly funny treat for Austen and Stillman fans alike.
'IF, LIKE ME, YOU LIKE YOUR AUSTEN SUBVERSIVE, CRUEL, FUNNY AND OUTRAGEOUS, THEN YOU WILL LOVE STILLMAN'S LOVE & FRIENDSHIP' The Times
'LADY SUSAN IS FINALLY GETTING SOME LONG OVERDUE RESPECT' New York Times
'LADY SUSAN REMAINS DELICIOUSLY WICKED' Vogue
PRAISE FOR LOVE & FRIENDSHIP – THE FILM
'A RACY DELIGHT' Guardian *****
'FIND ME A FUNNIER SCREEN STAB AT AUSTEN, AND I'M TEMPTED TO OFFER YOUR MONEY BACK PERSONALLY' Telegraph *****
'TREMENDOUSLY WITTY' Independent *****
'MAY JUST BE THE BEST JANE AUSTEN FILM EVER MADE' London Evening Standard *****
JANE AUSTEN'S FUNNIEST NOVEL IS ALSO HER LEAST KNOWN – UNTIL NOW.
Impossibly beautiful, disarmingly witty, and completely self-absorbed: meet Lady Susan Vernon, both the heart and the thorn of Love & Friendship. Recently widowed with a daughter who's coming of age as quickly as their funds are dwindling, Lady Susan makes it her mission to find them wealthy husbands – and fast. But when her attempts to secure their futures result only in the wrath of a prominent conquest's wife and the title of 'most accomplished coquette in England', Lady Susan must rethink her strategy.
Unannounced, she arrives at her brother-in-law's country estate. Here she intends to take refuge – in no less than luxury, of course – from the colorful rumors trailing her, while finding another avenue to 'I do'. Before the scandalizing gossip can run its course, though, romantic triangles ensue.
A SPECIAL EDITION FEATURING JANE AUSTEN'S ORIGINAL NOVELLA AS ANNOTATED BY THE NARRATOR.