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Sanditon: Official ITV Tie-In Edition

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  33 reviews
In the vein of Downton Abbey, Jane Austen's beloved but unfinished masterpiece-often considered her most modern and exciting novel-gets a spectacular second act in this tie-in to a major new limited television series.

Written only months before Austen's death in 1817, Sanditon tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 10th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Sanditon was Jane Austen’s last book, started just before she passed away. Kate Riordan completed the work, and it was a pleasure to have a taste of an Austen book. I cannot wait for the TV adaptation! It’s going to be so good.

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram:
A new Jane Austen adaptation/continuation written by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice 1995) debuted last night in the US on Masterpiece PBS. Inspired by an unfinished novel that Austen began shortly before her death in 1817, Sanditon, the original novel, the television series, and the novelization by Kate Riordan, all share the same title. A tie-in novel based on a screenplay based on an uncompleted novel. That is six degrees of separation that is a challenge to get my mind around. Today we ...more
Michael Byrd
Dec 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*this review doesn’t reflect my opinion on the actual show, Sanditon, which is well written, well casted, and well acted.

Austen's Sanditon, though unfinished, has long been a favorite text of mine. I was very excited to find a new completion of it. Unfortunately, I was VERY disappointed in this adaptation. It is utterly superficial, sentimental, and sensational (in the negative sense of the word). Riordan has made Charlotte Heywood into another Elizabeth Bennett, rather than developed her into
Julie Rasmine Larsen
This book is amazing probably my beat read this year. Might be my fave Austen novel although she never finished it! Sidney Parker and Charlotte Heywoods love story is killing me! ...more
Jan 03, 2020 marked it as arcs-finished-copies-to-read  ·  review of another edition

Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Tracy Pricklepants
A beautiful accompaniament to a wonderful TV series. An unfinished book by Jane Austen, this gives us a story based on a 'what if' with characters already established. The book itself, like other novelisations, provides extra little scenes not seen on TV and also scenes taking place a little differently to the show as it was based on the original script. We'll worth the read 5*****
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The back of the book instructs us to ‘discover the world Jane Austen left behind’. In reading this book that is exactly what you do.
I first watched the dramatisation on ITV, loved it and wanting more decided to read this tie-in version. Great storylines and characters. There is so much potential for a follow up. I do hope so!
Kaitlin S. (stacked_shelf)
Sanditon is Jane Austen’s last work of art. Sadly, Austen died before she was able to complete it. Kate Riordan finished the novel and was able to give us all one last masterpiece by Austen. I absolutely adored the love story between Charlotte and Sidney & loved watching it unfold throughout the story. I am very excited to be tuning in to the tv adaptation tonight on Masterpiece on PBS! I can’t wait to see their story come to life on the screen. My only wish was for a wee bit happier ending. ...more
Deirdre Brady
While watching the TV series, when I found out there was a novelisation of the series, I pre-ordered it. Despite feeling the series ending was very un-Jane Austen-like, like many, I still wanted to read the book as I felt potential deleted scenes from the series would possibly make it into the book. There are a few additions which definitely fleshed out characters and situations a tiny bit better than the editing of the TV show allowed. Especially in the case of Mary Parker and Georgiana. Still ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic continuation from Austen's start! I think that Kate Riordan has given us an amazing novel to accompany the television show, and she keeps the themes of an undoubtedly different Austen novel incredibly well. I am desperately hoping we get a follow up novel!!
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Charlotte Heywood lives a pretty simple life in the country with her family, that is until one day an accident occurs by her house and in turn, she meets the Parkers who are now indebted to the Heywoods for their hospitality. Mr. Tom Parker invites Charlotte's father to his new seaside community, Sanditon, but her father doesn't enjoy traveling and turns him down. Naturally, Charlotte jumps at the chance to visit Sanditon and spread her wings a bit. So, they agree to let her go, but her father ...more
Eileen Daly-Boas
Meh. Looking forward to the tv show, but this is ridiculously un-Austenlike.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't let my three star rating of the book put you off watching the TV series if you haven't seen it. The TV series is much better, and really the book is just a sterile retelling. It is sweet, but lacks the heart that the actors and settings give it.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore the tv series in spite of its trash ending, so I was looking forward to reading this novelization. That said, it is almost identical to the script. There were a few instances where we were given tiny peeks into the characters’ heads that we couldn’t get in the series, but I feel it is rather sterile overall. The actors are the ones who bring this story to life and make it so compelling! I’m by no means knocking the author as she only had so much to go by and a limited time to ...more
Rachel Bunyan
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I absolutely loved the TV show - Charlotte Heywood is one of my favourite female protagonists - but this book was quite a disappointment. Just a flat narration of the scenes in the TV show, hardly going into the emotions that were so beautifully portrayed on-screen by the actors. This is probably the first time I’ve actually preferred a TV show over its book version!

Also, we definitely need a second season of the show!
Sharon Blair
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
If you are expecting Jane Austen, look somewhere else. If you want a good story, written in the time period of Austen, then you found it. Do not get me wrong, I see Austen in certain aspects of the writing. I would be curious to know which arts were written by Austen. But I guess I can tell. The story line is rich. The characters are vivid and engaging to the reader. Just not Austen.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second helpings please!

I loved the TV series and couldn't resist getting the book to relive it all again. There's a great cast of characters, and like the TV series this hints that more is to come. Please ITV we need more series!
Jenifer  Lavery
Intriguing though it is it is not austen

Too scandalous to be Austen though well written with a heart breaking ending. Th I tried to hard to be something to everyone and was nothing to all. I feel like they hoped for a second season rather than a proper conclusion
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been obsessed with the tv show for weeks (Theo James do I need to say more?!) but this book was such a let down. This might be a first but I legit prefer the tv show over the book by light years.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. This is NOT Jane Austen. Riordan took an unfinished fragment of Austen’s work and turned it into trash—smutty, full of unpleasant and unfinished characters, and unsavory relationships. Not worth my time. Didn’t finish and wish I could scrub my brain of what I did read
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Very enjoyable but quite a bit more explicit and daring than Jane Austen. I'm looking forward to watching the TV series.
Debbie Kreiner
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Kristin Davison
I loved the series, but could just not get into the writing.
This is an easy read but I was hoping it would add a bit more to the tv show. It does not. Still enjoyable (even with the ending).
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the book. Full disclosure: I had seen the premiere of Masterpiece Theater's Sanditon before reading this book.
Karma♥Bites ^.~
Jan 13, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g-hr
Well, not truly reading. Just keeping on shelf as reminder re: PBS Masterpiece series. ...more
Living My Best Book Life
I always enjoy reading a Jane Austen novel so when I found out that there was going to be a tie-in the series I was excited to give it a try. Sandition was Jane Austen's final book and it left me wanting more. It did have her style but lacked some flare that I desperately wanted from the book.

If you shave seen the show, it is very similar. There are a few scenes that may be added or different and at times felt forced. I really wanted to enjoy this more than I did.

The ending also left me wanting
Does what it says on the tin. A straight like for like redo of the tv series. The ending remains awful but not the authors fault. Easy reading.
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Kate Riordan is a writer and journalist from England. Her first job was as an editorial assistant at the Guardian newspaper, followed by a stint as deputy editor for the lifestyle section of London bible, Time Out magazine.

After becoming a freelancer, she left London behind and moved to the beautiful Cotswolds in order to write her first novel, 'Birdcage Walk'. Her second novel, a haunting dual