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The book allows you to go behind the scenes with the cast and crew, exploring the world that Austen created and offering fascinating insights about a period and the real – life heartbreak behind her final story.
The book will be a gorgeous addition to your Austen or period drama shelf: good-sized, beautifully designed, loads of pictures and the best information on every Regency and Sanditon related subject you can imagine.
You will also have access to location guides, interviews with the cast, beautiful photography from the series and in-depth historical information by esteemed author Sara Sheridan.
Sanditon was born of a Regency phenomenon, the seaside holiday. The world of Sanditon is definitely less provincial and more open to change and modernity than Hampshire's country gentry's society. Sanditon gives its characters more opportunities for a less formal behaviour and exposes them to modernity, business and hazard. How far would Jane Austen go? We can't know for sure, we can only figure it out using our knowledge of what she had already written. But is her creativity so foreseeable?
Andrew Davies' Sanditon
Both Jane Austen's and Andrew Davies's Sanditon tell the story of Tom Parker, who is obsessed with turning the sleepy seaside village of Sanditon into a fashionable health resort. He enlists the backing of the lady of the town, Lady Denham. Through a mishap, Tom makes the acquaintance of the Heywoods and invites their eldest daughter, Charlotte for an extended stay at Sanditon.
Meanwhile, Lady Denham, a widow, is playing matchmaker for her destitute nephew, Sir Edward, who is determined to seduce Lady Denham’s ward, Clara. The arrival of wealthy, mixed-race heiress Miss Lambe, under the protection of Tom’s upright brother Sidney, adds an interesting complication. Eligible men naturally find Miss Lambe fascinating, while Charlotte is intrigued by Sidney.
In the main cast Rose Williams as Charlotte Heywood, Theo James as Sidney Parker, Kate Ashfield as Mary Parker, Crystal Clarke as Miss Georgiana Lambe, Turlough Convery as Arthur Parker, Jack Fox as Sir Edward Denham, Kris Marshall as Tom Parker, Matthew Needham as Mr. Crowe, Anne Reid as Lady Denham, Alexandra Roach as Diana Parker, Lily Sacofsky as Clara Brereton, Charlotte Spencer as Esther Denham, Mark Stanley as Lord Babington, Leo Suter as James Stringer.
The TV show premiered on British ITV on 25th August and its final episode was broadcast on 13th October 2019. It is now going to premiere in Australia on 1st November (BBC First) and in the US on 12 January 2020 (PBS Masterpiece).
The Official Companion to the TV series is first of all a gorgeous book I fell in love with as soon as I unwrapped it on its arrival. I couldn't keep my eyes off its stylished cover, precious paper, wonderful photos. At a following more careful look, once I started leafing through the pages and reading, I realized the treasure I had in my hands: Sara Sheridan did a thorough, awesome job researching the historical, social and cultural context of Austen's Sanditon.
The guide to the TV series is actually a guide to the Regency Era and so many of its fascinating aspects! You'll discover about men and women fashion, balls and married life, racy Georgians and gossip, debts and debtors' prisons, medicine and seaside holidays, Austen and other writers of the same age, but you'll also get a chance to have a look behind the scenes and read the cast interviews, as well.
You'll find out whether Rose Williams (Charlotte Heywood) blushed or was embarassed while filming a certain scene with Theo James (Sidney Parker), what Kris Marshall (Tom Parker) thinks of Bath - which happens to be one of Austen's settings and his own native town - or what Theo James (Sidney Parker) appreciates of wearing Regency clothing, as well as the arts and crafts behind iconic scenes like the cricket match or the regatta.
Will the companion book spoil the pleasure of watching the series if you haven't yet? I don't think so, or better, I'm sure it won't. It'll provide you with the needed background knowledge, which you may use to enjoy it fully. There are no spoilers about the plot nor important twists revealed.
If you have already seen and liked the series, the book will be your companion on memory lane and will help you relive the excitement of discovering Sanditon and its unforgettable characters for the first time.
If you are a fan, well, it must be included in your Sanditon collection, no doubt!