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Mrs. Wickham

By: Sarah Page
Narrated by: Jessie Buckley,Johnny Flynn,full cast
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Publisher's Summary

Imagine if you made one little mistake when you were young and were punished for it for the rest of your life. Well, that’s what happened to Lydia (yes, that Lydia, the youngest Bennet sister from Pride and Prejudice), and she’s here to set the record straight. Hold on to your teacups and get ready for sophisticated (and a little bit naughty) hot takes and witty banter that’ll make you laugh—and think.

We meet Lydia just as she is denounced by her family, exiled miles from home, and married to the rogue George Wickham, who seems to love all women...except his own wife. She must learn to summon great bravery to carve out a place for herself in the society that has brutally rejected her.

Lydia isn’t the traditional Austen heroine, and this isn’t a traditional, polite period drama. Lydia is a badass. A trailblazer. She’s fierce and fiercely funny. And she might inhabit the Regency period, but she’s fighting the same battle many of us are today—having to defend the decisions she’s made and the person she chooses to love, to shut out the 'trolls' and gossips, to hold her head high in a world that will judge her for any mistake she makes.

Starring Academy Award nominee Jessie Buckley (Fargo, The Lost Daughter) and Johnny Flynn (Lovesick, Stardust), this hilarious and timely listen is for fans of classics with a twist. Writer and creator playwright Sarah Page says that she wrote Mrs. Wickham to 'entertain people with a romantic, optimistic, and seductive comedy,' but that there’s also a 'message held at its heart to treat each other with kindness.' 

If you binged Bridgerton, this one’s for you.

Starring: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Emily Barber, Fehinti Balogun, Adrian Edmondson, Leila Farzad, Stephanie Hyam, Jodie McNee, Natalie Simpson, Ray Panthaki and Emily Johnstone

Directed by Eleanor Rhode. Sound Design by David Gregory. Co-produced by Wondermore Productions.

Portions of this audio drama contain mature language and themes. Listener discretion is advised.

©2022 Sarah Page (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

About the Playwright

Sarah Page is an established screenwriter and playwright. She took part in Soho Theatre’s Young Writers’ program and the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers' and Studio Groups. The winner of two Peggy Ramsay Awards and a finalist for the Nick Darke Writers' Award, Sarah's plays include Punts, The Sweethearts, The Night My Parents Went Away, and Pilgrims.
Sarah is an alumnus of the 4Screenwriting program and the script she developed was optioned by Benedict Cumberbatch's SunnyMarch Ltd. She was one of the writers on the BBC’s New Talent Hotlist and the BBC's Drama Writers' Programme 2019 and was selected by the BAFTA/BFI Network for their 2021 mentoring programm.
She has several original television shows in development with companies including Big Talk, ITV Studios, Expanded Media, Quay Street Productions, Clerkenwell Films, and Various Artists Ltd. Sarah is also developing two feature films with Erebus Pictures and Conker Films. She was recently selected to join the writers’ room for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Stolen Picture’s Transaction and a U.S.-based writers’ room for Otherly Entertainment.

About the Director

Eleanor Rhode has directed theatre for over a decade, with a particular focus on new writing and making work that transcends stylistic boundaries. Her body of work has garnered extraordinary critical acclaim. Her radical retelling of King John for the Royal Shakespeare Company was filmed for cinematic release, and The Guardian wrote about her direction of the world premiere of Boudica for the Globe Theatre that she "directs with an assurance that should make her a permanent fixture at the Globe." She is currently developing a major theatre project incorporating immersive digital technology into live performance.

About the Performer

Olivier Award winner and Oscar nominee Jessie Buckley had her first starring role in Michael Pearce’s BAFTA-nominated Beast, for which she won the Most Promising Newcomer award at the British Independent Film Awards and Best British or Irish Actress at the Critics’ Circle Awards. She was selected to be one of BAFTA’s "Break Through Brits" and was also chosen as one of Screen International’s "Stars of Tomorrow." Up next, Buckley will star in Plan B and MGM’s Women Talking alongside Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara, and Claire Foy; in Apple TV+ and Christos Nikou’s sci-fi romance Fingernails alongside Riz Ahmed; and in the comedy Wicked Little Letters opposite Olivia Colman.
Buckley was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut The Lost Daughter. Buckley received the Tropheé Chopard at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Sally Bowles in Cabaret opposite Eddie Redmayne in London's West End. In 2018, Buckley starred in Tom Harper’s Wild Rose alongside Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo, for which she earned Best Actress nominations at the British Independent Film Awards and BAFTA Awards and won the Best Actress award for BAFTA Scotland. Buckley also received a Gotham Independent Film Awards nomination for Best Actress for her performance in Netflix and Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

About the Performer

Johnny Flynn is a British actor, musician, and composer. He is known for his starring roles as Dylan in the television sitcom Lovesick (previously known as Scrotal Recall), his portrayal of David Bowie in the film Stardust, and for his role in Michael Pearce’s BAFTA-nominated Beast, which he starred in alongside Jessie Buckley.
Flynn is the singer and songwriter for the band Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit. He has released five studio albums in addition to numerous soundtracks and live albums. He recently starred in Emma, Autumn de Wilde's adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name, and wrote the song played over the ending credits, "Queen Bee," which was released as a single alongside the film. He regularly composes music for TV, film, and theatre.

Dear Listener,

What’s the most important lesson I can teach other women?
At some point in your youth, when you are still naive and not yet accustomed with the ways of the world, you may cross paths with a man whom your instincts tell you is a cad. He will probably be fine-looking. He might even present himself as a gentleman. It will be immensely tempting to give in to his charms … but you must not! Because, while he may continue his life largely unchanged afterward, you will find that the eyes of the world look on you most harshly. As they say, reputation takes a lifetime to build, and a second to destroy. Or in my case, half an hour with Mr. Wickham in a guesthouse in Elm Grove.
Yours, etc., Lydia. – Sarah Page, writer of Mrs. Wickham

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Was I supposed to feel sorry?

I love the Pride and Prejudice book by Jane Auston, it will always be one of my favorites, but was I supposed to feel sorry for Lydia after hearing this version? I don't! I felt that she got exactly what she wanted and needed to lay in the bed she made. Wickham proves to be just the rogue he was written as and only put himself further out by admitting he did not love or respect Lydia. The author even writes that Wickham himself told Lydia what he planned to do by seducing her. All this silly chit had to do was "listen"! Something she never does, and so she should pay the consequences for her actions.

Sarah Page tries to make Lydia and Wickham redeem themselves with each other and family, but for me, she just couldn't pull this off, not with Lydia or Wickham. They are just plain unredeemable!

Music and background noise is used to enhance this book and it just throws it all off. First, the music is way too modern to fit the time period of the writing, and it takes away from the overall experience. This one was so not worth my time.

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Annoying music and OOC Characters

The music was really obnoxious and the story wasn't interesting enough to make me put up with it for more than 30 minutes. Lydia should be an interesting character to explore, but in this she's completely off the mark. It might as well have been original fiction not connected to Pride and Prejudice.

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Best Listen I’ve Had All Year

I’ve smiled for two straight hours listening. The narration and sound design are completely immersive, the story is original in a way you could never expect. THE stand out among P&P follow up fiction. I’m so happy this exists

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Unexpected

Well, Lesson learned: we all needed a refresher lesson in how our actions and predudices affect others. I didn't want to listen to this book about Silly Lydia, however, I gave it a chance. If for no other reason than I love this period setting and the characters from Jane Austen's original. I was pleasantly surprised and satisfied with how the author helped Lydia find her happily ever after. The narration was top notch too!

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This needs to be a movie!

This was such an enjoyable listen. Each narrator was equally wonderful! My only complaint is that it was simply too short! I want more!

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Beyond exceptional

What glorious voice acting! At first I wasn't sure how I felt about the music and sound effects, but eventually I found it to add so much to the telling of this short story. So very empowering, funny, and charming.

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  • 09-08-22

Wonderful performances, somewhat OOC characters

Overall, Mrs. Wickham is an enjoyable, albeit, sometimes out of character companion piece to Pride and Prejudice. I've always pitied Lydia, and the inner monologue and self reflections that Lydia has on her mistakes and tragic situation is really well written (kudos to Sarah Page), and expertly performed by the cast. There are, however, some characterisations that I found a bit strange. I won't elaborate so as to not spoil the audio drama, but I did personally find some aspects of the story a bit idealistic if not unrealistic. There are also some anachronistic elements/details to Mrs. Wickham that I found somewhat jarring at first. However, I don't think Mrs. Wickham was seeking to create an authentic portrayal of the time period anyways. Its goal was to conduct a narrative reflection on societies penchant for shaming, especially of young women, and how unjust or disproportionate it may be. In that regard, I think it succeeds. The cast performances in this audio drama were phenomenal. Jessie Buckley's Lydia moved me to tears at times with her fantastic and heartfelt delivery, and Johnny Flynn's Wickham was so dastardly that I almost forgot he played kind and thoughtful Mr. Knightley in Emma 2020, truly a testament to both of their acting ranges. The supporting cast are also fantastic; the performances truly make this audio drama shine. Ultimately, if you're a Jane Austen or historical purist, Mrs. Wickham might not be for you, but if you're alright with some creative liberties being taken, I think you'll really like Mrs. Wickham. I think it has some really important things to say, much of which (unfortunately) remains relevant to this day.

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Short and sweet

I liked hearing things from Lydia’s perspective. She was young when she made that bad decision. It was interesting to hear her story even if it’s not how Jane had intended it. The music and sound effects were a bit much but it seems all audiobooks are doing it now so I’m used to it. The narration was good by all parties. This is a nice little side story to add to the P&P collection.

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Lydia and George, are they the victims?

To all they have hurt and injured, there was not one word of an apology nor any expression of gratitude by these two jerks - Lydia and George Wickham. I was so annoyed and irritated while reading, trying to be patient and hoping it will get better - thinking since it looks to be a story of "redemption", that eventually these two jerks will finally face up to their malice and take responsibility. What a joke...just as always, all these two jerks kept on doing was finding blame in others and continuously trying to justify their treachery. Every one faces obstacles and indeed we are given the opportunity to alter ourselves and become better...however, the story for some reason kept trying to confuse us...as if the world gave these two (Lydia and George) a much worse situation than others. Was anything better for Lizzy and the rest of the Bennet sisters while under their father's protection? Why is being quiet and honorable like Mr. Darcy a character to make fun of? Did Mr.Darcy or Lizzy enforce these two jerks to behave in such a destructive manner? If this is to be a story of "Redemption", stop with the justifying, and rather start with the admitting and repenting of the malice committed to others. Truly, I did not know what the writer was trying to achieve here...

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Love this so much!

I didn’t really know if I would like this story, but I thought I would listen for a few minutes and decide! I am so glad I did! I LOVE IT! This was the first time I listened to an audible with background noise, and two different narrators reading the parts! I absolutely love this one! I love the time period and the way it was read, the entire story. It is a short story, only 4 chapters, and ended much to fast! Now, I am on the hunt for a similar book!

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  • Eleanor
  • 09-13-22

Loved every second

The banter, the narration, the story. It was simply wonderful. I enjoyed every second and would happily recommend to friends and family who enjoy Jane Austen or any of the many spin-off TV series and books like Lost in Austen or Death Comes to Pemberley.

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  • Sarah-Jayne Gall
  • 09-09-22

Wonderful short story

Enjoyed this immensely, a super little story which one could well imagine happening after “that book”. Acting was fab and Lydia a star

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  • Highlight
  • 10-20-22

Not Surprised This is For Free

Utterly dreadful. Dismal pointless story. Dreadful acting. Can not believe this is available to listen to.

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  • Yogacat
  • 09-26-22

Wonderful Alternative Pride & Predjuice POV Tale!

I loved watching the dramatisation of Pride & Predjuice with Colin Firth, Jenifer Ehle and their other incredible cast mates. My hubby and I would watch it whenever we were ill/sick and needed a 'comfort watch'. I am not able to focus on reading books these days so audiobooks and dramatisations are a blessing for me.
I loved that this book shows us Lydia in a new light, uncovering a story of courage, grit determination, isolation, sadness, ingenuity, creativity and love, both romantic and familial.
The performances were as amazing as the writing.
I highly recommend this audiobook, it's a little gem, shirt and sweet!

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  • Rose the Bookgriot -Eros Loveless
  • 12-03-22

Genius

This book was a pure delight to listen to :)
The story is very entertaining even if it also delves into harsh women conditions of that time.

The theatralization was just chef’s kiss

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  • Mrs G
  • 12-03-22

Delightful!

Such an enjoyable story, brilliantly performed. Only fault…..it’s too short! Thoroughly recommend this story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-03-22

Entertaining & well acted

I enjoyed this; story, cast & production. The only tiny glitch were a few grammatical winces eg, ‘when you met my sister & I’ not ‘& me’. I’m being pedantic I know, and in fact it’s the editor at fault rather than anyone else.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-30-22

Good short read

Very entertaining and amusing short read. Shows a side to a famous literary family not normally expected.

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  • Emmjay
  • 11-30-22

Surprisingly Excellent

I chose this out of curiosity rather than expectation, thoroughly recommend. A well imagined story of Lydia's life as Mrs Wycombe.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-29-22

Fun listen

Fun and enjoyable listen on a dreary dark winter day. Good performance by all. Would recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-22

Background noise 😔

I would have loved to have finished the story but the background music was too off putting and distracting.

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  • Phoebe
  • 09-22-22

Good premise but annoying soundtrack

i stopped listening to this quite quickly because the soundtrack was so raucous and inappropriate. I may go back and attempt listening again at some stage. But really the dodgy rock & roll bar music is so out of place. It's like they are trying to cram "sexiness" down our throats, make it clear this isn't a typically Austen narrative. But I think the writing makes that perfectly plain and the jarring modern rock soundtrack completely takes you out of the scene. (It's not even GOOD rock music.) I think it could be a worthwhile tale without the added nonsense.

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  • HellyBelly
  • 09-22-22

Light hearted joy

A delightful alternative story from the pride and prejudice series. Taking me on a wonderful journey from Lydia's view point. I haven't read a book in ages that captivated me into another world for a brief moment.
Make sure you listen to the point Lydia makes at three very end. It's well worth noting!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-22

Surprisingly refreshing

Great narration, an enjoyable little gem for austenesque fans. While the great majority of P&P variations focus on Elizabeth & Darcy (and continue to portray Lydia and Wickham in a negative light), it was surprisingly refreshing (and at times hilarious) to hear Lydia's point of view as well. The author's final appeal for kindness and empathy, as well as the happy ending for the protagonist contribute to the feel good sentiment one is left with after listening to this audiobook, however, I wish the story would have been developped further, into a proper novel, and not reach its (happy) conclusion so quickly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-22

Wickedly funny

Hats off to Sarah Page for her wickedly funny and endearing short story on Lydia, the youngest Bennet sister from Pride and Prejudice.

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  • Dawn Carnell
  • 12-02-22

Brilliant

I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the performance. Nice post script to the P&P story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-22

A light Read

l didn't like the music through the story line l felt it would have been better without it

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  • Helen Allen
  • 11-23-22

I loved it.

Funny, witty and a lovely story.
Made me laugh and I an a sucker for a love story.

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  • Bill
  • 11-21-22

loved this as a change from usual listens

Contrary to another recent listener I loved the music and other sound additions. Really excellent narration by Jessie Buckley. A light fun tale with social messages still very valid today.... set in a period I don't usually follow. But I am left wanting more of Lydia... such spunk... a rich fun intelligent character and the story for me was a really pleasant listen after so much heavy darker subject matter

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  • tjansen
  • 11-20-22

Modern take on an old story

Really liked it. Entertaining. A great approach to retelling of an old familiar family tale.