Rediscover: Mr. Malcolm's List

Mr. Malcolm's List, a film adaptation of the Regency romance by Suzanne Allain, opens in theaters July 1. Sope Dirisu plays Jeremiah Malcolm, a rich bachelor eyed acquisitively by debutantes and their scheming mothers. But Mr. Malcolm has his own aims: a list of strict standards that must be met by any prospective bride. Miss Julia Thistlewaite (Zawe Ashton) is one of many women spurned by Mr. Malcolm. She invites Selina Dalton (Freida Pinto), a vicar's daughter unfamiliar with London high society, to enact a revenge scheme against Mr. Malcolm. Selina is uneasy about participating but equally desperate to remain in London. Their plan--to woo Mr. Malcolm with Selina's many qualities before revealing the former doesn't meet the latter's own requirements--unravels into real romance. The cast also includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ashley Park and Theo James.

Suzanne Allain originally self-published Mr. Malcolm's List in 2009 before turning it into a script. In 2020, Berkley published a paperback version. Allain is also author of the Regency romance Miss Lattimore's Letter (2021), The Celebrated Pedestrian (2012) and Incognito (2009). On June 21, Berkley released a movie tie-in edition of Mr. Malcolm's List ($17). --Tobias Mutter

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