It was only after watching the 1995 BBC adaptation, though, that my interest turned into a near-obsession. Not only because I thought the casting, screenplay and acting were absolutely perfect, but because the team’s attention to infinitesimal detail has opened the door for me into the glorious world of Regency Britain – and I couldn’t close it since!
Once I’ve read Sue Birtwistle and Susie Conklin’s ‘The making of Pride and Prejudice’ and learned how and where they sourced every tiny detail, from the colour and cut of Darcy’s coat and Mr. Bennet’s ‘powdering-gown’ to Lydia’s lopsided hairstyle, I wanted to know more. Over the years, I kept trawling through libraries and second-hand bookshops to learn anything I could about this beautiful lost world, about fashions, traditions, daily routines and meal choices, events that changed the country and inconsequential but delightful little snippets from the lives of real people, and then I fell in love all over again with the superb novels Jane Austen left us, because I could understand them better.
Almost five years ago to the day, I started writing ‘From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley’ with no purpose in mind other than to perpetuate the joy of walking back in time to Pemberley.
Now it’s finished, for better or worse and – thanks to Amazon’s Createspace and above all, to my very good friend Sandra who introduced me to it and never stopped providing help and encouragement ever since – I can now share what I’ve written, in the hope that you’ll enjoy my version of the ‘search for the Darcys of Pemberley’ just as much as I enjoyed writing about it.
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