By Alice McVeigh

ISBN: 978-1916882317

Publication: June 2021

Publisher: Warleigh Hall Press

Editions: Paperback, ebook, audiobook

Amazon bestseller, rated 10/10 by Publishers Weekly's BookLife Prize

A Jane Austen Prequel

“She possesses an uncommon union of symmetry, brilliancy, and grace. One is apt to expect that an impudent address will naturally attend an impudent mind – but her countenance is absolutely sweet. I am sorry it is so, for what is this but deceit?”

— from Jane Austen’s Lady Susan.

Sixteen-year-old Susan Smithson – pretty but poor, clever but capricious – has just been expelled from a school for young ladies in London.

At the mansion of the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, she attracts a raffish young nobleman. But, at the first hint of scandal, her guardian dispatches her to her uncle Collins’ rectory in Kent, where her sensible cousin Alicia lives and “where nothing ever happens.”

Here Susan mischievously inspires the local squire to put on a play, with consequences no one could possibly have foreseen. What with the unexpected arrival of Frank Churchill, Alicia’s falling in love and a tumultuous elopement, rural Kent will surely never seem safe again…


Quarterfinalist for Publishers Weekly’s BookLife Prize 2021 (rated 10/10)

Winner: First Place PenCraft Book Awards (historical), 2021

Winner: Gold Medal Historical Fiction Company Book Awards, 2022

WINNER: First place (historical) Incipere Book Awards 2022

Winner: Gold Medal (historical) Global Book Awards, 2021

Winner: Gold Medal eLit Book Awards (historical fiction)

Winner: Gold Medal first Winter Great Reads Book awards, Pencraft Book Awards 2022

Honoree: IndieBRAG medallion, 2021

Finalist: Indie Excellence Book Awards

Selected: as one of “100 notable Indies of 2021” by Shelf Unbound Magazine

Finalist: Wishing Shelf Awards (audio)

Finalist: Chanticleer’s Goethe Award (historical fiction)

Finalist Rone Awards (audio)

Recommended” US Review of Books

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Susan is now available as an audiobook

Finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards (adult audiobook category) 

Finalist in the current Rone Awards (In D’Tale magazine, audiobook category)

Narrated by Heather Tracy.

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