About Susan: A Jane Austen Prequel by Alice MxcVeigh
(Publishers Weekly’s BookLife quarterfinalist 2021)
Sixteen-year-old Susan Smithson – pretty but poor, clever but capricious – has just been expelled from a school for young ladies in London.
At the mansion of the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, she attracts a raffish young nobleman. But, at the first hint of scandal, her guardian dispatches her to her uncle Collins’ rectory in Kent, where her sensible cousin Alicia lives and “where nothing ever happens.”
Here Susan mischievously inspires the local squire to put on a play, with consequences no one could possibly have foreseen. What with the unexpected arrival of Frank Churchill, Alicia’s falling in love and a tumultuous elopement, rural Kent will surely never seem safe again…
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Multi-award-winning author Alice McVeigh has been published in contemporary fiction by Orion/Hachette, in speculative fiction by UK’s Unbound, and in historical fiction by Warleigh Hall Press. A Londoner – by way of Seoul, Bangkok, Singapore, Myanmar and Virginia – she is also a professional cellist, and addicted to tennis.