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I have won a competition…..

I go in for competitions now and then and to be honest I cannot even remember sending my email in for this competition at Newbooks Magazine  but I obviously did and I WON! What did I win, well it is the new P.D. James novel Death Comes to Pemberley.

I am waiting for the book to arrive, because it is coming direct from the publisher. For those who do not know what the book is about – the blurb is below

The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane and her husband Bingley live nearby and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable. But all this is threatened when, on the eve of the annual autumn ball, the guests are preparing to retire for the night when a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley’s wild woodland. As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham – Elizabeth’s younger, unreliable sister – stumbles out screaming that her husband has been murdered. Inspired by a lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen, PD James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice, and combines it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story. Death Comes to Pemberley is a distinguished work of fiction, from one of the best-loved, most read writers of our time.

I have seem bits and pieces about this book around the blogs, newspapers and on websites because of its obvious connection to a classic author. I will now have to get round to reading Pride and Prejudice, having only watched screen adaptations. I recently read Persuasion and loved it.  I have never read any P.D. James, which some could say is a classic author of her time and genre so great things to look forward to.

I have something to look forward to in the post! But I also have got two complimentary tickets to the Jane Austen’s House Museum which is in a comfortable driving distance of about 35 minutes from where I live.  It is a lovely part of Hampshire and I was intrigued more by it by Darlene’s visit which she talks about here. Sometimes we need outsiders to remind us of what we have on our doorsteps. Thanks Darlene.