5-4-3-2-1: Lydia Bennet (with help from Natasha Farrant)

By Jim Dean, September 7, 2016

Really pleased to introduce a very special 5-4-3-2-1 today! We have had SO MANY brilliant authors taking part in this feature, but I was intrigued when I received the offer of one from Lydia Bennet. Lydia, as classics fans will know, is a supporting character in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen but takes centre stage in Natasha Farrant’s Lydia, published by Chicken House.

Natasha Farrant bonnet

Well, thank you for inviting me to do this! I can’t tell you what a thrill it is.  Nobody ever asks my opinion about anything, which is monstrous unfair as I have so much to say!

 

My 54321 are:

 

5 SISTERS

Perfect Jane, *Lively Lizzy, Dreary Mary, Copycat Kitty and Lovely Lydia.

I do love my sisters, I do.  But if they will continually lecture me, they can’t expect me not to defend myself…

*people are forever saying this about Lizzy.  What exactly do they mean?

 

4 OFFICERS I LIKE TO DANCE WITH

Wickham, Denny, Carter and Pratt (don’t laugh, the name is not his fault.  I blame that Jane Austen woman).

 

3 HOUSES

Longbourn, Pemberley and Tara.  The first is home and comfortable and noisy, but full of sisters forever judging me and also likely to be inherited by Mr Collins. The second sounds rich and grand, but also the sort of place where you would have to ask permission just to sneeze, and would forever be afraid of breaking something.  The third house, though, is a dream: an Indian palace on an English cliff, different from anywhere I have ever seen, and where everyone is free.

 

2 LOVERS

One is a scoundrel and a gambler. The other is a French nobleman who looks like a romantic poet. Both love me in their way, though neither is entirely trustworthy.

 

1 OF ME

Because there is only one Lydia Bennet, and I am completely unique.

Natasha Farrant pref

Lydia packshot

What do you think?