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Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship: The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen’s Most Eligible Bachelor

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Inspired by the works of Jane Austen, the amusingly tongue-in-cheek Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship is written from the perspective of Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy and closely based on real Regency advice manuals. It is a hilarious and irreverent picture of the social mores of the period and of how men thought about women – and sheds amusing light on men of the modern age ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Old House Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-copy
In 1812 Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy decided to compose a guide on the rules of successful (and unsuccessful) courtship leading to a person's successful marital prospects. These counsels were originally composed for his dear friend Mr. Charles Bingley so that after reading them, he would once and for all be cured of his disastrous taste in females . It is really a fun and witty read which also includes:
1) Beauty tips from Miss Caroline Bingley (she insisted on making a small contribution to the work),
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
This book is part advice manual, part social history and part reimagining of Jane Austen's beloved characters. In this second edition of Mr. Darcy's Guide to Courtship published in 1812, Fitzwilliam Darcy has not yet fallen in love with Miss Elizabeth Bennet. He doesn't intend to ever fall in love and he's not too keen on the idea of marriage either. He lays out some rules for successful courtship (and unsuccessful). The book is broken down into sections: I. Romance in the Regency Era, II. Makin ...more
In the modern era, more than 200 years since Jane Austen’s time, there is still a strong and robust following and appreciation of her works. Most notably, there is a nod to her forward-thinking views about women and how they should behave and act, which were at odds with the conventional wisdom of the time. What if we stood this entire paradigm on its head and acted as though these conventions were true? What would men of this era have to say about women, and more importantly how would they rati ...more
Carolyn Page
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Set before Darcy met Elizabeth, it's an exaggerated illustration of how much of a self-important prig he really was. So, this is a tongue in cheek mash-up of Austen (more characters than Darcy appear in its pages!) genuine Georgian fashion/beauty/manners advice, and completely snooty monologuing on Darcy's part. It's completely useless of course but entertaining for an afternoon of "haha he's such a jerk and man did they really put mercury on their skin?" ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars?
Isa Lavinia
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, humour

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

Scandalous! And extremely amusing. It almost makes me wish Austen had delved more into Darcy’s personality and that he’d been more like this.

Make no mistake, he’s an appalling individual, as Caroline Bingley would have said, “Sir, you are shocking!” And indeed, Mr Darcy makes no effort to hide his disdain for his inferiors (basically everyone who is not is sister), and all his ideas as to how to deal with the fairer sex (and his opinions on the fairer sex) are as d
Vania Nunes
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vania by: NetGalley
Think of your favorite Mr. Darcy actor (though I love Colin Firth, I do not see him as my Mr. Darcy). Independent actor you chose, knowing the character, you know how proud he is. Well, in this book written by him and dictated to Emily Brand, he distills all his venom on the achievement and appropriate behavior of women of his time.

Do you have any doubt that he can be that pompous arrogant before meeting - and falling in love - with Liz Bennet? Well, just read this excerpt:

"I am not at all solic
Oct 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
An utter disappointment based on a complete misunderstanding of Mr. Darcy's character. Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy had plenty of faults, but he was always a good man and a gentleman. Emily Brand's Mr. Darcy is a misanthropic cad who gleefully expresses opinions that the real Darcy would never have admitted to, even if he felt them. Austen's Darcy was a private, reserved man who keeps his own counsel; Brand's Darcy freely bandies about the names and stories of kith and kin in a widely published book. ...more
Margaret Fisk
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Originally published on Tales to Tide You Over

I picked up this book for tidbits on the Regency courtship scene. Would that all research would be so enjoyable. I found the text delightful, though it made me long for Mr. Darcy's downfall as much as I do every time I reread Pride and Prejudice.

Miss Emily Brand did an excellent job in capturing the voice and nature of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy before his education at the hands of Elizabeth Bennet while the glimpses into the period and events surroundin
Karen (Living Unabridged)
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
Mildly funny, I suppose, but not nearly witty enough to tempt me. One cannot imagine the impeccable Mr. Darcy thinking some of the things in this book, much less writing them. Mr. Darcy does not "seduce". He leaves that to the rakes of this world (and knows there are many).

A well researched and stylish book, but not true to Austen's Mr. Darcy and therefore, inexcusable.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
If I could give this zero stars I would. I had to force myself to finish it.
Kellie's Book List
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2018
A thoroughly entertaining read. Mr. Darcy (pre-Elizabeth Bennett) has some passionate views on courtship, which he has magnanimously agreed to share with others. How genteel. The book may shed a light on his actions at the beginning of his own courtship (and the prejudices he had). There are also many mentions of other Austen characters (Miss Woodhouse, Heathcliff, etc) with their own courtship issues. Other fun additions are words of advice from Mr. Collins and Mr. Wickham, which should definit ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a good bit of fun. There are lots of inside literary jokes and modern relationship issues disguised as Regency (ie talking about sending a drunk letter). It is said to be written by Darcy but as a life long fan of Darcy it feels more like it was written as a joke by Elizabeth Bennet. He talks like he appears to be to Lizzy not like he actually is. But that's just a bit of me Darcy-stanning. Otherwise a fun time! Gave me lots of ideas for Regency storys and that was the point (i got it as ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was expecting this book to be more overtly tongue in cheek. It would be more accurate to describe it as a parody of a Guide to Courtship from that time period. I will give credit to the fact that the language and prose are kept consistent and accurate to writers of that period. I was just expecting something different. The cover design, typeset. illustrations and overall feel of the book itself is lovely and feels period.
Bhavi Patel
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
It felt quite chauvinist, but it actually seemed like an extension of the character. The book goes on to a point where it gets hilarious with its firebrand of British humor. I am hoping readers won't take the book literally and will take it is as a light-hearted work of comic fiction, laugh it off and move on. I enjoyed reading the book. It is equal parts funny, poetic and entertaining. ...more
Christy Wilhelmi
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun farce of a read, even though it reflects the sad state of women's rights and status of the day. We all hope for the post-Elizabeth Darcy rather than the one presented here. Still, it's filled with delightfully nerdy references to other Austen novels for all Jane-ites out there. ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Very snarky. Set in the time period in the middle of Pride and Prejudice, before he is discovered to be anything other than insufferable. Some very funny, some just odd.
Adorable. A humorous and light read for any Austen fan.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jane Austin fans
Highly recommended for any fans of regency romances or Jane Austin. Fitzwilliam Darcy, prior to Elizabeth Bennet was quite an unpleasantly self-righteous prig.
Megara Ryan
You'd better hope Elizabeth doesn't find out about this book, Mr Darcy! ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mine, funny, 2020
Not as funny as it thinks it is.
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Books like "Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship" can be quite risky. If they take themselves TOO seriously, they come across as ponderous. If they are too whimsical, they come across as flippant (and a bit of a waste of money).

"Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship" manages to strike a great balance between the two. It's definitely in the voice of Austen's Mr. Darcy, but with (to my mind), Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy thrown in. The language is Austen-esque, but there are a few modern jokes thrown in - a referenc
Girl with her Head in a Book
Who better to offer relationship advice than Jane Austen's 'most eligible bachelor'? Actually, to be fair, lots of people - Mr Darcy had not the first clue on how to approach relationships as his first proposal to Elizabeth proved. Nonetheless, Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship: The Secrets Of Seduction From Jane Austen's Most Eligible Bachelor turned out to be an absolute delight. Written from the point of view of Mr D before he ever set eyes on the bewitching Miss Eliza, we are treated to his lord ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This really was funny! It's a 19th century guide on how to court a lady, with some advice for the ladies as well. It is written by the Pride and Prejudice character Darcy and it really is like Darcy is writing.

You can tell right from the dedication of the book that it is Darcy and it made me laugh:

"Dedicated to Mr Charles Bingley. May this cure once and for all your utterly disastrous taste in females."

The book is full of lines like this, with Darcy taking on that superiority that he seems to t
“The romancers of this world would have you believe that where the yearnings of the heart is concerned, we all have a better in ourselves than any other person. I must undeceive you of this preposterous notion. In truth, there is no better guide than this book, I congratulate you for advancing your cause so unreservedly by your purchase if this book.

A entertaining guide to courtship by the titular Mr. Darcy (of Pride and Prejudice), where he provides those less unfortunately gifted a way to win
Jennie Shaw
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Mr. Darcy’s Guide to Courtship was the second book of its sort that I’ve read (The Jane Austen Handbook was the first). As such, I was thrilled to get a copy from NetGalley because The Jane Austen Handbook was so enjoyable. While there were some wonderful moments in Mr. Darcy’s Guide, there were many that fell flat. Most times, it was quite dry and the flashes of humour didn't quite make up for the lulls.

I expected there to be components that I found offensive, considering the time the book con
Emma Kerry
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolute gem of a book. As a massive Pride and Prejudice fan, this book appealed to me the second I saw it and I was far from disappointed. Written from the point of view of Mr Darcy ( and occasionally Caroline Bingley) this book is pure genius. It is filled with not only literary references, but the occasional popular culture reference too. A particular favourite being JayZ’s 100 Problems: ” I am beset by nigh on one hundred grievances, a vexatious female need not be counted among th ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Oh, this is good. A pre-Elizabeth Mr. Darcy gives his matchless advice on courting to those of us who have little or no idea how to go on - even to those of the lesser classes who aspire to ape their betters, although they really ought not to attempt it! With input from Miss Emma Woodhouse, Mr. George Wickham, and others, he covers dress, hygiene and manners, and even gives a sample budget of married life so one could have a broader knowledge of what is expected from a husband of good character ...more
Carol Perrin
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Darcy's Guide to Courtship: The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen's Most Eligible Bachelor

Hysterical especially given who was supposed to have written this guide! Taking love advice from the likes of Darcy would be committing social suicide. This tongue in cheek advice written by England's most sought after bachelor is maybe what his head believed, but his heart cannot believe the idealism of his thoughts. Seeing daily the marriage of his peers failing to bring love and contentment, the
Amelia Elizabeth
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I received an ARC ebook from Netgalley.

Mr. Darcy has decided to help his dear friend Charles out by writing a guide to courtship, but has decided that his guidance needs to be shared with the masses. Since Caroline hovers around him, she wrote a short passage on advice for women. Other famous Regency figures both real and fictional turn up either asking for advice or dispensing with information.

We like to think of Mr. Darcy as this wildly romantic figure, but he was the typical man of breeding
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