At last, the secret thoughts of Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, romantic hero to millions of would-be Elizabeth Bennets, are revealed in this utterly convincing and captivating novel of love and pride, passion and prejudice.
The novel traces the events of Jane Austen's well-loved Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of Mr Darcy. It reveals his reactions to Elizabeth, his gradual falling in love and the process by which he painfully gains self-knowledge and it brings to life all the off-stage events that are only referred to in Austen's novel.
We learn of Darcy's life in London, of his dangerous friendship with Byron, of the responsibilities that come with running Pemberley and the terrible guilt he feels at not protecting his sister well enough from the darstardly Wickham. We also see Miss Bingley's increasingly desperate attempts to woo Darcy and his own part in bringing about the separation between Elizabeth's sister and his own best friend.
But above all, we come to know Fitzwilliam Darcy as a fully-rounded character, with all his flaws and all his attractions and we learn that the story told from his point of view is as enchanting, gripping and unforgettable as Jane Austen's original.
Seamlessly weaving in bits of the original, this entertaining novel gets the curmudgeonly hero spot on - INDEPENDENT - Katy Guest
Mr Darcy's Diary boldly goes where Jane Austen never does - FINANCIAL TIMES MAGAZINE - John Sutherland
As moving and enjoyable as could be wished... Mr Darcy fans everywhere will welcome his Diary to the canon - DAILY MAIL - Wendy Holden
A thoroughly absorbing read - YOURS
Maya Slater creates a convincing world for Fitzwilliam Darcy... a real cappuccino of a book -- deliciously frothy, but with a definite kick - JANE AUSTEN'S REGENCY WORLD - Jocelyn Bury
A witty and entertaining exploration of Darcy's side of the Pride and Prejudice story, with some surprising revelations about his private life - Andrew Davies
Maya Slater gave up teaching French at London University to write fiction. She is married with two daughters and lives in London. She has published books on French literature, and translations from French in prose and verse. Mr Darcy's Diary is her first novel.
Her website is www.mayaslater.com