Mr. Darcy’s Guide to Pemberley

One “had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste.”

From its very first appearance 200 years ago on the pages of Jane Austen’s masterpiece Pride & Prejudice, Pemberley has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations and fashioned its own army of devoted followers.

Over the years Pemberley has become synonymous with tasteful grandeur, peaceful comfort and the charm of a well-loved old English stately home. Time and time again millions of Jane Austen‘s devoted readers sigh with Elizabeth‘s feeling that “to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!”

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This book gives you the opportunity to walk the grounds of Pemberley guided by its Master, none other than Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy himself. Mr Darcy invites you to visit his home and discover its beauty and secrets, led by him every step of the way.

About the book:

Sumptuously presented, to make sure it does justice to the stunning place it describes, this book is the first and only of its kind. It is only available as a hardback, wrapped in a smooth dustcover with gold emboss. Inside, the book is printed on high quality silky paper with full colour paintings adorning every page.

Hand-drawn maps help you to find your way around Mr Darcy’s extensive estate and perfectly imagine every detail as if you were walking the garden paths beside your generous (and handsome!) host.

Dust cover:

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Release date: 1 October 2017. RRP £25 Available to pre-order for just £20 at https://gumroad.com/pemberleybooks

A few words from the author:

My name is Julia, I live in the South of England and try to do too many things at once, but how can I help it if they are the things I love? Looking back, it feels I’ve lived more than one life, but as they have all impacted on what I am now – here goes:

Wife, mother, medical doctor, PhD, university lecturer, businesswoman, training consultant, video producer, aspiring author of children’s fiction, Harry Potter fanatic, Jane Austen enthusiast, the mother of cats (two), ducks (multiple) and a pheasant, Facebook blogger with a great following (thank you, guys!), a Creative Director of the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation (we are all volunteers there), a writer and illustrator of Jane Austen-inspired travel fiction – and today I am proudly (and somewhat nervously) presenting my first book in this series to you..

I am very glad to connect with all of you on the pages of my dear friend’s blog “All Things Jane Austen”. Rita is, indeed, my good friend, even though we haven’t met with her outside the cyberspace yet. But it is no obstacle to our friendship, because we share our love of Jane Austen – an amazing woman from a small English village, who dared to be different, creative, independent and – 200 years later – is still going strong, touching the hearts and souls of people all over the world.

This book is also a labour of love – love of Jane, her books, English countryside, Elizabeth, Mr Darcy and the BBC 1995 adaptation. It was born out of my personal frustration of not being able to find something of this kind in any book shops, even at Lyme Park itself. I thought then: “If I feel a passionate need for such a book, and I can actually come and visit Lyme Park (Pemberley 1995), how must readers from other parts of the world feel, especially if they cannot travel to England that easily?” That is how the idea came to me and – three years later – the book is ready to be published and be presented to you.

I hope you’ll enjoy it and share my love of Pemberley and its excellent owners.

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I am also delighted to be supporting the Jane Austen Literary Foundation, a registered not for profit organisation. The foundation was created in honour of Jane Austen, to improve global literacy rates by raising money to fund reading and writing resources for communities in need across the world, by Caroline Jane Knight, Jane Austen’s Fifth Great Niece, who has also kindly written a Foreword for this book.

I will be donating 10% of any profit made on this book to the Foundation.

http://janeaustenlf.org/

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Release date: 1 October 2017. RRP £25

Available to pre-order for just £20 at https://gumroad.com/pemberleybooks

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How to order:

The book will be released on 1 October 2017. It will be sold on Amazon UK, and other European Amazon sites, with worldwide delivery, price £25 + p&p.

However, as it is a limited edition – the number of copies printed will be determined by the number of pre-orders we receive. It means that after 1 October only very few unreserved copies might go into general sale. The best way to secure your book and SAVE money is to pre-order your copy now: https://gumroad.com/pemberleybooks at £20 + p&p only – available worldwide.

The Giveaway:

The first chance to win is today!

The draw is open worldwide, with the winner receiving the 1st prize and two runners up – the 2nd prize. All you have to do to enter the GIVEAWAY is leave a comment here on Rita’s Blog (this one)  saying what Jane Austen related place you would have liked to visit and why. You must leave your comment here and not on Facebook so we can contact you if you win.

Make sure you check if you are one of the winners next Tuesday July 11th, 2017.

Prizes:

1st prize – a supersized limited edition print of an original portrait of Mr Darcy by E.Tarnovski. This work has never been published. It was especially commissioned for this book and currently not available for sale from any retailers. You will be the first proud owner of it. (Size: 286 x 439 mm poster)

WINNER: Sharon Legg

2nd prize (two) – A5 print of the portrait mentioned above and seen below.

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WINNERS: 

Carol in Canada

Denise in Australia

Suzanna Sakaluk

SB from Down Under

 

Connect with the author on Facebook – search for J.B. Grantham and send a friend request: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100016605124868

Facebook Page for this book: https://www.facebook.com/pemberleybooks

Release date: 1 October 2017. RRP £25 Available to pre-order for just £20 at https://gumroad.com/pemberleybooks

60 thoughts on “Mr. Darcy’s Guide to Pemberley

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  1. I love the cover, just the perfect Pemberley and its owner. 🙂 Of course I would love to visit Lyme Court, but Chatsworth as well. 🙂 Thanks for the great post and your generous giveaway. 🙂

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  2. OMG! Congratulations on this amazing endeavor!!!! I absolutely love the cover! I will have to pre-order my copy! Where would I like to visit other than Lyme Court? Tough question as Chawton would be a favourite, but since I love the water, Lyme Regis for me! As for the prizes…yes please! I would love to win Mr. Darcy!!!!! Oh the lucky person who does win that!!!!

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  3. Living in Australia and never having been to the UK [yet!], going to any place linked to Austen would be amazing! Chatsworth, Chawton, Lyme House – fantastic!

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      1. I didn’t know that! A closer Austen connection to Australia! I’m so looking forward to the arrival of your book in October. 😀 Congratulations on achieving one of your dreams!

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      1. Hi Caroline! How amazing for you to grow up there! Awhile ago I looked at some images of the Chawton House Library and its portraits and would love to visit and while away the time in imaginings! Thank you for your message, my daughter Morgan is who is 23 and an Austen convert [perhaps somewhat influenced by her mother!] will be ‘stoked’ to know that that same mother has received a message from Jane’s descendant! In answer to your question, I’m in Brisbane.

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  4. Wonderful news!!! I’m so happy to see this is happening at last! ‘Mr Darcy’s Guide to Pemberley’ is an amazing labour of love, and an exquisite ‘must-have’ for those of us who can’t have enough of ‘Pride & Prejudice’, Pemberley & Mr Darcy 🙂

    You’ve put your heart and soul in it, Julia, and I’m so happy that it’s ready for publication at last, and this delightful work is ready to be revealed and treasured. And the donation to the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation is such a wonderful gesture that makes the book even more special. Please don’t enter me in the giveaway, I just wanted to stop by and spread the love for Pemberley & Mr Darcy’s Guide to it, but I’ll answer the question anyway: I would have loved to visit the Steventon parsonage, where ‘First Impressions’ was written and Jane grew into the amazing person that she was.

    Thanks for this lovely post, Julia and Rita, and can’t wait for October!

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  5. Having done a Jane Austen Pilgrimage to Lyme Regis, Winchester and Chawton, I new really need to visit Lyme Park. Chatsworth, too! Still under the spell of the 1995 P&P.

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  6. The cover is extremely appealing….and makes me want to read this book!! I think the inclusion of Colin Firth’s Darcy on the cover will result in this book flying off the shelves and into the hands of avid readers like myself!!! LOVE this cover!

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  7. I love it. This looks like a great book. Will it be available for US orders as well? I would love a copy of this book. Awesome job!!!! Beautiful pictures.

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      1. Thank you so much. I cannot wait for this book. You have gorgeous pictures and it wonderful to see them from the mini series. It is my favorite version. Congratulations again and thank you!!! 🙂🙂🙂

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  8. On my only trip to England, I went to Bath. I could picture JA herself walking with her sister Cassandra, along it’s streets, and playing tourist at the Roman ruins.

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  9. What an excellent idea. I also cannot wait for October. I would love to be the inner of the painting above. To be able to visit all the Jane Austen’s locations would be a dream come true. Your publications have allowed me to “go there” from here. Your heart IS Jane’s in your words and deeds. Thank you, Julia and Rita for this wonderful work that I am so looking forward to reading and dreaming!

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  10. Congratulations for such a book!!

    I went a few weeks ago to Chatsworth and to Lyme Park and although Chatsworth is lovely, I simply love Lyme Park. It is so beautiful, with the lake and the gardens and the wood just next to the house. Amazing!

    I have visited Rosings (2005) a couple of times and before te end of the month (maybe this weekend) I will visit Rosings (1995).

    I would like to visit Lyme Regis because of Persuasion and the sea!! I would like to go to Chawton when the house is open!! Because of the bicentenary, they closed the house the day I went but they did not say it on the website 😦

    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

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  11. Another one here from Australia who would relish visiting anywhere in the U.K.! But on my bucket list is Bath, Steventon, Lyme Park, Chatsworth House and the Peaks.

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      1. Hi, yes I saw I was a winner. I replied to the email I received (replied to Julia) with my address back on the 11th July.

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  12. Brava and congratulations. Off to check availability in USA … Lovely! My dream is to do a “Jane Austen trail” throughout GB, tho’ my first stop would most assuredly be Bath in search of Mr. Tilney’s haunts.

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  13. It is hard to pick one place but I guess I would love to start with Bath. It would be amazing to walk the same streets that Jane and her characters walked along.

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  14. It sure is a gorgeous book that I would like to own. Will it be available in Amazon US?

    I would dearly love to visit Bath and also London. But if I can only pick one, it would be Bath. Jane spend a great deal of time in the spa town and it’s also the setting of two of her novels, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

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  15. I’m also looking forward to this book. Living in the USA and having never traveled to the UK, I love this type of “diversion.”

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  16. Julia, this concept is inspired, and you have created an absolute must for any fans of Jane Austen, Mr Darcy or even just historic houses and gardens.

    The illustrations are fabulous, the accompanying narrative is perfectly matched, and I hope the book does incredibly well (not just for you, and it’s so well deserved – but also for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation).

    Please do all you can to get it into the gift shop at Lyme Park! If this was something you were looking for when visiting there, then so will many other fans of Pride & Prejudice! ❤

    Rita – another lovely cover reveal post! ❤

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    1. Thank you, Cass. I can tell you that the manager of that shop said that he was “overwhelmed” with the book and described it as beautiful and most tasteful. He said that he would love to have it in his shop. Which, of course, filled me with joy. But – as it is NT – there are so many loops to jump that I don’t even dare to hope. 😌

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      1. No, you are wrong! You MUST dare to hope!

        Everything he said is positive and indeed full of praise (quite rightly). Just keep pushing through those loops!!! it will happen!

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  17. This is a most beautifully presented book for all Jane Austen fans, I’m so thrilled it’s been produced and available
    To all of us:) I was visiting England 8 years ago with mum, hadn’t been back for 30 years (born in Cornwall) And
    Had 2 days in Bath on a weekend, and I was so disappointed to have missed seeing the Jane Austen Centre as it had closed for the day and we were moving on the next day! Hopefully one day I’ll visit again and be able to see it
    I live in Perth, Western Australia

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