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AUSTEN POWER

 

Soniah Kamal has set her Pride and Prejudice-inspired novel, Unmarriageable, in modern-day Pakistan.
The synopsis says: "A scandal and vicious rumour concerning the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls. Knowing that many of her students won't make it to graduation before dropping out to marry and have children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire the girls to dream of more.
When an invitation arrives to the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years, Mrs Binat, certain that their luck is about to change, excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for rich, eligible bachelors. On the first night of the festivities, Alys' lovely older sister, Jena, catches the eye of Fahad 'Bungles' Bingla, the wildly successful - and single - entrepreneur.
But Bungles' friend, Valentine Darsee, is clearly unimpressed by the Binat family. Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her and quickly dismisses him and his snobbish ways.
As the days of lavish wedding parties unfold, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal - and Alys begins to realise that Darsee's brusque manner may be hiding a very different man from the one she saw at first glance." Unmarriageable is out in January 2019.


 
 

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