Many of you have had the pleasure of becoming better acquainted with Julia Grantham through her dynamic Facebook pages where she creates posts that allow readers to follow Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s lives as a married couple. When I was in England, I had the pleasure of seeing a draft of her new book, “Mr Darcy’s Guide to Pemberley,” and I knew I wanted to share it with my readers because it’s just a gorgeous book for every Janeite to cherish and savor!!
Luckily for us, Julia had some time to interview the Darcys and is sharing this exclusive interview with my readers along with an amazing giveaway and an exclusive discount for Just Jane 1813 readers when they purchase this book. Don’t forget to buy one for the Janeite in your life now that the holidays are coming soon. I can imagine many happy hours spent viewing these photos and stories from this one-of-a-kind high-quality photo keepsake.
I think you’ll also enjoy this special interview with the happiest couple in Derbyshire!! Please welcome Julia Grantham to Just Jane 1813…
JBG: Mrs Darcy and Mr Darcy, it is very kind of you to spare some of your valuable time to talk to me today. I trust you are in good health and everything is well at Pemberley.
Mr Darcy inclines his head, Mrs Darcy smiles and replies: Indeed, we are all in excellent health, I thank you.
JBG: Before I ask you any questions about Mr Darcy’s book, please allow me pass to you much affection and best wishes from the millions of readers who love your family dearly. They all beseeched me to ask about your life after that wonderful happy day of your wedding. How things have changed for you and your families?
Mrs Darcy: Oh, I am very touched indeed by their enquiries. It’s been almost five years now since our wedding day in December of 1812. Great many things happened since then… Mr Bingley purchased his own estate, not far from Pemberley, in Cheshire, and he and Jane are happily settled there. They have a beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Frances Harriett, to whom I am vary happy to be a Godmother, Just a few days ago Jane gave birth to their second child, another girl, they have not decided on the name just yet. In fact, we only returned from their estate a couple of days ago. We were there for the happy event.
Mr Darcy looks at his wife and she continues with a smile and slight colour in her cheeks: We are also blessed with a child. Our son Peter Henry is named after our Fathers, Peter Darcy and Henry Bennet. He is not a year old yet, but grows quickly. He is strong and healthy, and, dare I say, intelligent.
Mr Darcy: He adores his Mother’s singing voice.
Mrs Darcy with a lough: Yes, he is quite partial, just like his Father.
JBG: What of your sisters?
Mrs Darcy: Georgiana is still at home with us. She has enjoyed a lot of attention from men of many ranks and ways of life over these five years, but she is determined to marry for love, and I whole-heartedly support her in this resolution. Mary is married to a business partner of our Uncle Philips, in his law firm in Meryton. She is Mrs Hill now and a mother to Mr Hill’s son, a boy of nine, called Edmund. Kitty is at home with my parents. Anne de Burgh has been presented at court the same year as Georgiana and enjoys her long visits to Pemberley and our house in London. She and Georgiana are very close friends.
JBG: Dare I ask, what about Lydia?
Mr Darcy makes no answer, his brow contracted, his countenance gloomy.
Mrs Darcy gives a quick glance in his direction and says: Lydia has two children, a boy and a girl. They do not live with her. Her boy lives with Mr Collins and my friend Charlotte. It is a long story. Lydia’s girl lives with the Bingleys and is raised like a sister to their little Lizzy. As for Mr Wickham, our paths crossed a few times in these past five years, in quite painful circumstances. At some point, we even believed in his redemption, but he proved us wrong again. We do not know their whereabouts at present.
JBG: Oh, I am sorry. I should have guessed that any mention of that family might cause you distress. I apologise for it. Let us change the subject completely and talk about the book. I understand it was quite a family effort?
Mrs Darcy: Oh, yes, indeed!
Elizabeth looks at Mr Darcy with an encouraging smile and continues: Mr Darcy had this idea and started writing the book three years ago – in 1814. Georgiana offered to help with the illustrations; she is very gifted with a paint brush. I felt quite left out, (she laughs) but that would not do! Always believing in playing to my strengths, I eventually decided to put my love of walking to good use. I produced the maps for the book with the walking paths marked on them.
Mr Darcy’s face lights up as he listens to his wife. It is clear that the topic is close to his heart and he finally joins the conversation: Elizabeth, as always, teases me. She knows very well that she was not just a map drawer; she was the inspiration for this book. It is her visit to Pemberley in 1812 that brought the idea that there might be other travellers, who would want to see the place. I felt obliged to help them, especially after Elizabeth’s visit was so instrumental in ensuring our personal happiness and securing the best mistress for Pemberley.
This unexpected passion and even playfulness in Mr Darcy’s tone took me very much by surprise, and I wanted to hear more! Therefore, I quietly listened, trying not to break this happy spell.
Mr Darcy: As you know, I was born and grew up in Pemberley. Over the years, I have become intimately familiar with all the wonders the grounds hold. I can recall with my eyes closed every hidden path in the shadow of Pemberley woods, every moss-covered rock by the lake, every ancient bridge and water meadow. I have loved this place my whole life. Close familiarity with the estate has me taking it for granted, without ever realising I had done so.
But the arrival of my dearest Elizabeth has changed this completely. Through her eyes I was able to admire Pemberley anew as if seeing it for the first time. Observing Elizabeth acquainting herself with my home, I realised again how truly remarkable this place is. Elizabeth has helped me to fully appreciate its imposing magnificence along with its charming elegance and gentle beauty. With her at my side, I learnt to admire this place with a new zeal that I had not experienced before.
I notice that Mrs Darcy squeezes his hand lightly, as if letting him know that she shares his sentiments.
Mr Darcy continues: I hope that Pemberley will always be a happy place for everyone who becomes acquainted with it and with this in mind, I am proud to present you with this book that would have never been written if not for the gentle guidance and tireless help from the two women I hold dearest in my heart, my darling wife Elizabeth and my sweet sister Georgiana. I believe it came as no surprise that I dedicated this work to them.
I look at the contented couple gazing at me through the chasm of 200 years. It is December 1817 in their world, they are preparing to celebrate five years of their married life, Elizabeth’s birthday and Christmas soon afterward. It is a busy life in a happy household. How I wish to join them in their joyful preparations if only for one day. But alas!
At least I have Mr Darcy’s book in my lap. I can open it at any time I want and lose myself in the magical place we all know as Pemberley.
NB! The narrative is based on two Facebook pages by J.B. Grantham:
Elizabeth Darcy www.facebook.com/ElizabethBennetDarcyOfPemberley/ and
Elizabeth Bennet Darcy www.facebook.com/elizabethbennetbbc95/
And the book: “Mr Darcy’s Guide to Pemberley”, www.facebook.com/pemberleybooks/
© J.B. Grantham, All rights reserved.
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To enter today’s giveaway, all you need to do is to follow any of the Facebook pages above AND to comment on this blog (below) with your own question(s) for Mr and Mrs Darcy.
You will get a chance to win:
- A supersized portrait of Mr Darcy by E.Tarnovski
- A supersized 2018 calendar with The Darcys of Pemberley by J.B. Grantham
- A notepad with Mr Darcy’s portrait
The giveaway ends at midnight, ET on December 11, 2017.
About the Book
Sumptuously presented, to make sure it does justice to the stunning place it describes, this book is the first and only of its kind. It is only available as a hardback, wrapped in a smooth dustcover with gold emboss. Inside, the book is printed on high-quality silky paper with full-colour paintings adorning every page. Hand-drawn maps help you to find your way around Mr Darcy’s extensive estate and perfectly imagine every detail as if you were walking the garden paths beside your generous (and handsome!) host.
– hardback, landscape, 28×21 cm.
– Dust cover with gold embossing.
– Satin paper.
– Full colour throughout.
– 108 pages, with illustrations on every page.
When I brought my specifications to the printers their reply was: “Sounds like a nice book with every high priced print process known to man and the most expensive paper you can buy.” That scared me a little, but I had to stick to it to do justice to the beautiful place this book is about.
I will be donating 10% of any profit made on this book to the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.
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Debbie Kummoung reviewed Mr Darcy’s Guide to Pemberley – 5 stars
I just received my book in the mail today. I have anxiously waiting for it to arrive. The pictures and videos online don’t do the book justice. If you like what you see online you will absolutely love the book in person!!!! I’m so glad I found this book!
Hazel Mills reviewed Mr Darcy’s Guide to Pemberley – 5 stars
This book really is an absolute treat. It allows us to tour Pemberley in a new and unique way in the company of its illustrious owner with words that bring this “large, handsome stone building” to life with a sense of history and belonging. The illustrations are simply beautiful; one can almost smell the rhododendrons and hear the babbling streams. The book stays in character all the way through with additions from Elizabeth and Georgiana as well as the commentary from the lovely Mr Darcy. The very talented Julia Grantham has produced a tantalising book, not only to read in one sitting but to dip into again and again to taste its delights with Fitzwilliam Darcy as guide and companion. It now has a permanent home in my coffee table.
Joana Starnes reviewed Mr Darcy’s Guide to Pemberley – 5 stars
The best guide to Pemberley, made so much more special by being presented from Mr Darcy’s perspective, as a joint effort of his, his sister’s and darling wife’s, and also by the fact that a percentage of the profits will be donated to the Jane Austen Literary Foundation, chaired and founded by Caroline Jane Knight, Jane Austen’s fifth great-niece. All of us, who simply can’t have enough of the magical place that is the Pemberley of our hearts, can’t fail to treasure this delightful book, from the very first page that rewards us with an exquisite miniature of Mr Darcy, all the way to the heartfelt ‘I can only add, God bless you.’
Sandra Grafton Platt reviewed Mr Darcy’s Guide to Pemberley – 5 stars
Wow! This was an absolute joy to receive! Mr Darcy’s Guide to Pemberley is a charming and innovative concept, and so beautifully executed! The well-researched narrative and the exquisite accompanying drawings speak to my heart on so many levels, and I know it’s something I will turn to time and again to enjoy.
Judy Burke reviewed Mr Darcy’s Guide to Pemberley – 5 stars
My book arrived today and I am thrilled with it, it is beautifully written and presented elegantly to a very high standard. I will treasure it always. Everything about this unique book is exceptional and I know I will read it again and again. Congratulations to J.B. Grantham and thank you.
Thank you to Julia Grantham for her exclusive interview and her wonderful giveaways for my readers. I know they will ask the most interesting questions and I can’t wait to read their responses.