I’m not normally big on Mondays. They can cease to exist entirely if I had my way about it. But next Monday, January 28th, is a day I will not give back. Why?? Because it is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice!
So you know how I’ve got that whole Classics Challenge thing going on that I never seem to write about or pay attention to anymore, but swear that it’s like super important? If you go look at that list, you’ll see that P&P is not on that list. Namely this is because I count the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy among my top 3 favorite books of all time. The first time I read it as a freshman in college, I blew off exploring Disney World because I was almost done and the park would be there tomorrow. Since then, I’ve only read it once more, but I keep meaning to pick it up again. Along with all the other Austen novels, but we all know how GREAT I am at following through on reading to-dos.
But the wonderful people at Quirk Books are willing to overlook my deficiencies and offer you guys, my wonderful readers, a giveaway in honor of the bicentennial.
Four winners will each receive one of two Jane Austen/Pride and Prejudice books. Two winners will get a copy of the Jane Austen Handbook: Proper Life Skills from Regency England by Margaret C. Sullivan and two winners will receive a copy of the infamous Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
According to Quirk, the Jane Austen Handbook offers step-by-step instructions for proper comportment in the early 19th century. Readers will discover:
- How to Indicate Interest in a Gentleman Without Seeming Forward
- How to Ensure a Good Yearly Income
- How to Ride Sidesaddle
- How to Behave at a Dinner Party
Full of practical directions for navigating the travails of Regency life, this charming illustrated book also serves as a companion for present-day readers, explaining the English class system, currency, dress, and the nuances of graceful living.
And Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton-and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers-and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.
How to win:
Leave a comment with your email address below. For an extra entry, Tweet about the giveaway and be sure to mention my Twitter handle (@homebtwnpages) so I can keep track of the entries or to make it easy Click to Tweet: Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of #PrideandPrejudice with a giveaway from @quirkbooks at @homebtwnpages http://bit.ly/VKViV1.
The giveaway will end at noon EST on January 28th and I will post the winners, chosen using Random.com, that afternoon.* The first two winners will receive a copy of the Jane Austen Handbook and the second two winners will get Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
*Giveaway limited to the US, Canada and UK.