“Vanity Fair is set in a society that might look very different to ours, with wigs, corsets and carriages, but it was still about navigating a world with defined rules. Those rules still exist, just without the corsets.”
So said “etiquette expert” William Hanson.
And the chances are that quite a few more students this year will have a greater (although perhaps still partial) understanding of Vanity Fair than was the case a year ago, because of the seven part serialisation of the book on ITV on Sunday nights.
All that is needed as a follow up to the series is a chance to read the book. Especially as the students come to realise that, although Becky knows she has nothing that her society recognises, hidden within herself she has so much more.
Thus she uses what society cannot understand. Is that not exactly how quite a few teenagers come to feel?
Yet there is a problem for, of course, Vanity Fair is a large book, and the chances are that many students who start it will not finish it.
That might be both frustrating and annoying if one has paid a sizeable sum to have copies of the book available for those in your GCSE or A level class who want to see what the book looks like, having seen the TV series.
But there is a way around this since a full edition of Vanity Fair is available for just £2.50 with a 25% discount and free post and packing. Which could make it worth ordering up a few copies. Even if students are only reading part of the book.
Vanity Fair is just one of over 400 titles in print, covering over 200 works of classic literature and many children’s books that are offered to schools at this very low price.
To get an overview of the sort of titles we can offer please do visit our website. Or if you would like to see a list of over 70 of the most popular titles which are available direct to schools, most at the special price of £1.88, that is available here.
And when you are ready to order we have a page with all the details available here.