What do you get when you cross an uneducated man in 1900 with two very well educated women, one being a suffragette? Think Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn, think songs that we all know like, “I could have Danced All Night,” or “The Street Where You Live,” The answer is a new book called My Fair Gent.
Here’s the Amazon.com synopsis: “Henrietta Hilliard, phonetics teacher and noted suffragette, spends her days in London’s markets, researching minute variations in the locals’ speech. When Edgar Dooley, an unkempt costermonger from Covent Garden, asks her for lessons in “how to talk posh,” she confidently bets that she can pass him off as a Duke at the Embassy Ball. The results of the ambitious experiment will surprise them both.”
Now wouldn’t it be great if the man who inspired this book decided to make it into a movie. Yes Ciaran Hinds, you can do comedy, and we know you can do accents too.
You can catch up with Linnet’s blog here, and read a little more about the book, how she came up with the idea and read a brief excerpt.