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Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen's Lady Susan Vernon is Entirely Vindicated - Now a Whit Stillman film

Whit Stillman

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Prose: non-fiction, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

A clever re-imagining of Jane Austen's novella LADY SUSAN by acclaimed filmmaker Whit Stillman, LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP is now a film starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny and Stephen Fry.

*THE NOVEL OF THE HIT INDIE FILM*

With a pitch-perfect Austenian sensibility and wry social commentary, filmmaker and writer Whit Stillman cleverly re-imagines and completes one of our greatest writers' unfinished works. LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP is a sharp comedy of manners, and a fiendishly funny treat for Austen and Stillman fans alike.

'IF, LIKE ME, YOU LIKE YOUR AUSTEN SUBVERSIVE, CRUEL, FUNNY AND OUTRAGEOUS, THEN YOU WILL LOVE STILLMAN'S LOVE & FRIENDSHIP' The Times
'LADY SUSAN IS FINALLY GETTING SOME LONG OVERDUE RESPECT' New York Times
'LADY SUSAN REMAINS DELICIOUSLY WICKED' Vogue

PRAISE FOR LOVE & FRIENDSHIP - THE FILM
'A RACY DELIGHT' Guardian *****
'FIND ME A FUNNIER SCREEN STAB AT AUSTEN, AND I'M TEMPTED TO OFFER YOUR MONEY BACK PERSONALLY' Telegraph *****
'TREMENDOUSLY WITTY' Independent *****
'MAY JUST BE THE BEST JANE AUSTEN FILM EVER MADE' London Evening Standard *****

JANE AUSTEN'S FUNNIEST NOVEL IS ALSO HER LEAST KNOWN - UNTIL NOW.
Impossibly beautiful, disarmingly witty, and completely self-absorbed: meet Lady Susan Vernon, both the heart and the thorn of LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP. Recently widowed with a daughter who's coming of age as quickly as their funds are dwindling, Lady Susan makes it her mission to find them wealthy husbands - and fast. But when her attempts to secure their futures result only in the wrath of a prominent conquest's wife and the title of 'most accomplished coquette in England', Lady Susan must rethink her strategy.

Unannounced, she arrives at her brother-in-law's country estate. Here she intends to take refuge - in no less than luxury, of course - from the colorful rumors trailing her, while finding another avenue to 'I do'. Before the scandalizing gossip can run its course, though, romantic triangles ensue.

A SPECIAL EDITION FEATURING JANE AUSTEN'S ORIGINAL NOVELLA AS ANNOTATED BY THE NARRATOR.

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Praise for Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen's Lady Susan Vernon is Entirely Vindicated - Now a Whit Stillman film

  • Thank heaven for Whit Stillman and his reworking of Austen's novella, Lady Susan... Stillman seamlessly interweaves the original text and his own words. There were moments when I was unsure which bits were Austen's and which were Stillman's... If, like me, you like your Austen subversive, cruel, funny and outrageous, then you will love Stillman's Love & Friendship. - The Times

  • Stillman has immense fun playing the earnest, gullible narrator's misconceptions against the machinations of an arch-manipulator in this witty, sly spoof - Mail on Sunday

  • Anyone expecting a straightforward novelisation of the film is actually going to find something far cleverer in their hands - Bookanista

  • Lady Susan is finally getting some long overdue respect... The book and film both showcase some of the sharpest lines from Austen's overlooked work. - New York Times

  • Funny.... Lady Susan remains deliciously wicked - Vogue

  • PRAISE FOR LOVE & FRIENDSHIP - THE FILM

  • A racy delight... What audacity, what elegance! Here is a hilariously self-aware period comedy polished to a brilliant sheen - Guardian *****

  • Shows just how funny Jane Austen can be... It's flat-out hilarious - find me a funnier screen stab at Austen, and I'm tempted to offer your money back personally - Telegraph *****

  • A very dry and tremendously witty adaptation - Independent *****

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