I am delighted to announce the first winner of the Madeleine Milburn ‘Competition for Representation’.

Jean Burnett from Bristol is now part of the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.  She won our representation with her chapters from WHO NEEDS MR DARCY? Or The Further Adventures of Lydia Bennet, which is a subversive but affectionate  spoof of one of Jane Austen’s minor characters in Pride and Prejudice.

Lydia Bennet Wickham, Lizzie’s silly little sister, is now a more sophisticated nineteen. Her disappointing husband has conveniently died at Waterloo and the world lies before her. She is penniless but ambitious, hungry for glamour and high society. What does she do?

Lydia’s chief ambitions are to find a wealthy protector (even a husband), to dance at Almack’s Assembly in London and eventually to live in Paris. She would also like her hero, Lord Byron, to cross her path, but that may be an ambition too far. With the assistance of her wily maid Adelaide and her equally impecunious friends, Selena and Miles, she ricochets around the continent as well as Brighton, Bath, London and Pemberley, having various adventures which usually end in disaster…

Jean Burnett grew up in North West London and Hertfordshire. She studied at Exeter University and Cardiff, University of Wales. She lived for several years in the USA and briefly, in Mexico.  After working at a variety of jobs from advertising copywriter to shop assistant she now lives in Bristol and writes full time. After her children grew up she sold her house and backpacked around the world for a year following in the footsteps of 19th century women travellers. She self-published a book about her adventures, Vagabond Shoes.

Having always been a huge fan of Jane Austen, I just loved reading about what could have happened to Lydia Bennett.  I found Jean’s voice utterly charming, and I believe this book will be a huge success for all Jane Austen fans and indeed all readers of women’s fiction.

I am still having final reads on the other entries I received before I announce the second winner, so I really appreciate your patience.  I received just over nine hundred entries and the standard was excellent, so please do continue to submit in the future with revised manuscripts of new material if you are not successful this time.

With my very best wishes

Madeleine Milburn