Wickham's Diary by Amanda Grange
This was a slender little book, that I picked up at my library while on an 'all things Austen(like)' binge. I read it in one sitting, and I think Grange did manage to get to the heart of George Wickham.
In Grange's story, Wickham was the son of a practical and honest man who fell in love with a woman who was not content to live within her means. The senior Mr. Wickham, who, we all know, was the senior Mr. Darcy's steward at Pemberley was a vastly different personality from his shallow and greedy wife. While Mrs. Wickham always wanted more... more beautiful things, more prestige, more money, her husband was not nearly so ambitious. He also couldn't say no to his beautiful and charming wife.
So, when little George came along, guess who he took after? It certainly wasn't his father. Wickham's Diary covers up to the day that Darcy saves Georgiana from Wickham's clutches. I think I was expecting more. I guess, because this is Wickham's viewpoint, and he is definitely an unreliable narrator, the blame for being the way he is, is firmly handed to anyone and everyone but him.
I think this is probably a good study of the character of George Wickham, but that's mostly what you get with this book. You get the buildup to and the rationale from the other side of the dust up between Darcy and Wickham. If you love Austen and her characters, then this will give you a couple of hours to return to the world of Pride and Prejudice. But, this can only be considered an appetizer, as it is missing all the meat needed for a main course.