First Impressions: A Novel

Author(s): Charlie Lovett


Charlie Lovett first delighted readers with his New York Times bestselling debut, The Bookman's Tale. Now, Lovett weaves another brilliantly imagined mystery, this time featuring one of English literature's most popular and beloved authors, Jane Austen. Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice - and ultimately threaten Sophie's life. In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie's quest to uncover the truth - while choosing between two suitors - and a young Jane Austen's touching friendship with the ageing cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.


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* Widespread review coverage in newspapers such as the Herald Sun, West Australian, Courier Mail, NZ Herald and Sunday Star Times * Review coverage expected in magazines such as the Australian Women's Weekly, NZ Listener, Next Magazine, Big Issue, Australian Bookseller & Publisher * Q&As in publications such as Good Reading magazine and Readings Monthly * Online interviews on sites such as The Hoopla, Booktopia and The Compulsive Reader * Early reading copies available to the trade * Light-wall advertising in major airports * Major advertising push and significant budget for bookseller catalogues * Banner advertising on bookseller websites * Feature title in Text newsletters and website * Promotions and giveaways with targeted subscriber groups

Charlie Lovett is a writer, teacher, and playwright whose plays for children have been seen in over 3000 productions worldwide. He served for more than a decade as writer-in-residence at Summit School in Winston-Salem, NC. He is a former antiquarian bookseller, and he has collected rare books and other materials related to Lewis Carroll for more than 25 years. He and his wife split their time between Winston-Salem and Kingham, Oxfordshire.

General Fields

  • : 9781922182531
  • : Text Publishing Co
  • : The Text Publishing Company
  • : June 2014
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : November 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Charlie Lovett
  • : Paperback
  • : 1114
  • : 368