Jean Burnett

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.

WHO NEEDS MR DARCY (Little, Brown 2012)

Who Needs Mr Darcy? 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…


  • UK & Commonwealth: Little, Brown
  • North American: Pegasus Books