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Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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'Everyone knows the story of Elizabeth and Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. But what about their sister Mary, she of the atrocious singing voice and the staidly religious bent of mind?

'Master storyteller Colleen McCullough paints a life for Mary Bennet twenty years after Jane Austen's novel closes.

'So far on in time, each of Mary's sisters is settled in her own way. Happily married Jane is the mother of many children; Elizabeth has to cope with an unwelcome social pre-eminence she had not envisioned; Lydia is still entranced by military officers; and Kitty is one of the stars of London's fashionable salons.

'Events transpire that free Mary from her family obligations and dangle the allurements of independence before her hungry gaze. Fired with zeal by the newspaper letters of the mystery man Argus, she resolves to publish a book about the plight of England's poor. Plunging from one predicament into another, Mary embarks upon a mission of investigation that eventually leads her into mortal danger and reveals the surprising identity of Argus.

'The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet is both a page-turning look at the ongoing lives of the Bennet sisters, and a sparkling romance that shows it is never too late to find love. Abounding with beloved characters in new guises as well as people we have not met before, it is funny, tragic, and eminently satisfying. This is a novel for every woman who has yearned to leave her mark upon the world - Colleen McCullough at her lively best.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Bruni. Composer and diva. As beautiful a person inside as she is outside.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2008 .
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      Extent: 467p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 1 October 2008.
      • Indexed from TW's copy.
      ISBN: 9780732287221 (hbk.)
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2016 .
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      Extent: 464p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 23 May 2016
      ISBN: 9781460752548

Works about this Work

Beneath Her Crown of Thorns Valerie Grove , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Times , 13 April 2009; (p. 12,13)
Untitled Rachel Wilson , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 88 no. 3 2008; (p. 30)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel
Age Shall Not Weary Her Steve Dow , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 28 September 2008; (p. 12)
A Thorn in Her Pride Nick Bray , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 October 2008; (p. 13)
The Perils of Colleen Rosalie Higson , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 October 2008; (p. 6-7)
A Classic Twist to Her Tale Lynne Minion , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 October 2008; (p. 8-9)
Pride Stripped Bare Delia Falconer , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18-19 October 2008; (p. 13)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel
Pride Before the Fall Daphne Guinness , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 October 2008; (p. 35)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel
'Plug It With a Cork' Adrian Mitchell , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 306 2008; (p. 13)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel
What the Bennets Did Next Juliette Hughes , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 22 November 2008; (p. 27)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel ; The Islands Di Morrissey 2008 single work novel
Book of the Week Melissa Kent , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 23 November 2008; (p. 34)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel
Untitled Ingrid Heyn , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , Summer 2008-2009 vol. 88 no. 5 2008; (p. 22)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel
Untitled Rachel Wilson , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 88 no. 3 2008; (p. 30)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel
Pride Stripped Bare Delia Falconer , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18-19 October 2008; (p. 13)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel
Pride Before the Fall Daphne Guinness , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 October 2008; (p. 35)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel
'Plug It With a Cork' Adrian Mitchell , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 306 2008; (p. 13)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel
What the Bennets Did Next Juliette Hughes , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 22 November 2008; (p. 27)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel ; The Islands Di Morrissey 2008 single work novel
Book of the Week Melissa Kent , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 23 November 2008; (p. 34)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel
Untitled Ingrid Heyn , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , Summer 2008-2009 vol. 88 no. 5 2008; (p. 22)

— Review of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet Colleen McCullough 2008 single work novel
Age Shall Not Weary Her Steve Dow , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 28 September 2008; (p. 12)
A Thorn in Her Pride Nick Bray , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 October 2008; (p. 13)
The Perils of Colleen Rosalie Higson , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 October 2008; (p. 6-7)
A Classic Twist to Her Tale Lynne Minion , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 October 2008; (p. 8-9)
Beneath Her Crown of Thorns Valerie Grove , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Times , 13 April 2009; (p. 12,13)
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