Finding Mr Darcy: Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating & Relationships

Finding Mr Darcy: Jane Austen's Guide to Dating & Relationships eBook: Amanda Hooton: Kindle Store

Shortlisted for the APA Book Style Awards for Best Non-fiction 2013

It is a truth widely acknowledged that a single man in belongings of a good luck need to be in desire of a wife.

Unless, naturally, he's gay. Or has a girlfriend. Or is neck deep in twice weekly psychoanalysis and entirely unsuited for public interaction.

How does the modern heroine discover her way in a dating world where the rules alter faster than she can update her status on Facebook, and there's not a single Georgian ballroom, empire-line dress or pantalooned guy in sight?

Intrepid former dater and award-winning reporter Amanda Hooton relies on the ageless knowledge of Jane Austen to solve the eternal problems of love: the best ways to be as creative as Elizabeth Bennet, as dignified as Elinor Dashwood and as positive as Emma Woodhouse; ways to avoid shagging Mr Wickham, marrying Mr Collins, or being disposed by Willoughby; and most importantly of all, the best ways to find Mr Darcy, grapple him to your soul with hoops of steel, and become the part-owner of a country estate in Derbyshire.

If you've ever wondered why your love life does not more carefully resemble a Jane Austen novel, this is the book for you. Charming, laugh-out-loud amusing and completely compassionate, Finding Mr Darcy is a witty, street clever and, above all, sensible approach to modern dating, which shows that some things – particularly the pursuit of love – actually are classic.