OUT IN PAPERBACK NOW
FROM WRITER AND DIRECTOR WHIT STILLMAN
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP
IN WHICH JANE AUSTEN’S LADY SUSAN VERNON IS ENTIRELY VINDICATED
‘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
THIS SPECIAL EDITION ALSO FEATURES THE FULL TEXT OF JANE AUSTEN’S EPISTOLARY NOVELLA, LADY SUSAN, ANNOTATED BY THE NARRATOR …
Jane Austen’s funniest novel is also her least known – that is, until now.
Impossibly beautiful, disarmingly witty, and completely self-absorbed: meet Lady Susan Vernon, both the heart and the thorn of Love & 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.
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 colourful rumours trailing her, while finding another avenue to ‘I do’. Before the scandalizing gossip can run its course, though, romantic triangles ensue.
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. As much homage to its muse’s perennial influence as testament to its author’s brilliance, Love & Friendship is a sharp comedy of manners, and a fiendishly funny treat for Austen and Stillman fans alike.
NOW A FILM WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY WHIT STILLMAN, STARRING KATE BECKINSALE, CHLOE SEVIGNY AND STEPHEN FRY.
WATCH THE TRAILER BELOW.
PRAISE FOR WHIT STILLMAN’S FILM LOVE & FRIENDSHIP
‘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 *****
‘Kate Beckinsale is wonderfully immoral in this pitch-perfect adaptation that may just be the best Jane Austen film ever made… It’s pitch-perfect, beautifully poised, faithfully honouring the original while brilliantly dramatising and completing it’ London Evening Standard *****
‘Wonderful’ Financial Times ****
‘In the past quarter-century or so, there have been too many Jane Austen movies and too few Whit Stillman movies… I’m happy to report, in any case, that the release of Love & Friendshipmitigates both the shortage and the surfeit. It’s the Whit Stillman movie that some of us have been waiting a long time for, and also a Jane Austen movie that goes some way toward correcting the record of dull and dutiful cinematic Janeism’ New York Times Critic’s Pick
LISTEN TO AN EXTRACT FROM THE AUDIO EDITION OF THE BOOK
LISTEN TO A BARBICAN CENTRE Q&A WITH KATE BECKINSALE
WATCH A SUNDANCE FESTIVAL INTERVIEW WITH WHIT STILLMAN, KATE BECKINSALE AND CHLOE SEVIGNY.
Whit Stillman – winner of France’s Prix Fitzgerald for his prior novel – is the writer-director of five films, Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco, Damsels in Distress, and Love & Friendship.
At university, he was an editor of the Harvard Crimson and later worked in book publishing and journalism.
His first novel, The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards, also derived from a film story.