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Joanna Trollope

About The Author

Joanna TrollopeJoanna Trollope worked for the Foreign Office and held various teaching posts before becoming a full-time writer. She has written both contemporary novels, including Girl from the South (2002), and Brother & Sister (2004), and several historical novels (published under the name of Caroline Harvey), as well as Britannia's Daughters, a study of women in the British Empire. Several of her novels have been televised, including The Choir, A Village Affair, The Rector's Wife and Other People's Children.

She has been a judge for the Melissa Nathan Award and she joined the Advisory Board of the Costa Awards in 2008, having chaired the Judging Panel for the 2008 Awards. In 2011 she chaired the Orange Prize and in 2012 was on the judging panel for theSunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. She was awarded an OBE in 1996.

Sense & Sensibility is the first title in publisher HarperCollins' Austen Project, which pairs six bestselling contemporary authors with Jane Austen's six complete works. Taking these cherished stories as their base, each author has written their own unique take on one of Jane Austen's novels. Val McDermid's reworking of Northanger Abbey follows in spring 2014 and Alexander McCall Smith's Emma in autumn 2014.

Read an extract from Joanna Trollope's Sense & Sensibility here.

 

Author photo (c) Barker Evans

The Author At Foyles


Sense&SensibilityJane Austen's preoccupations in Sense & Sensibility are simply timeless. As well as being a love story it is also about deeper and darker things too. It's about the irresistible and fascinating themes of class, sex and money - and Jane Austen was under no illusions about how vital money is and how sexy and powerful it can be. Some things never change. Although my book is in every way a tribute to the genius of Jane Austen, and in no way an emulation, it is most definitely a Joanna Trollope novel.

I have taken the people, the story and all the ingredients of her book and transposed them to 2013. So this is recognisably a novel of mine, with my voice, even though I'm using her characters. You will immediately recognise all the people you know from her novel; but they now have jobs, wear different clothes and are very cognisant of modern technology and do all the things that you'd expect modern people to do. You can imagine very easily, can't you, the Steele sisters taking avidly to Twitter! And I think the fact that I could insert a little modern media so effortlessly into Jane Austen's narrative is the only proof you need that humanity doesn't change, even if codes of conduct do! But at heart they remain Jane's people, and have translated entirely over the 200 years with not a tremor.

Sense & Sensibility is a love story about two very different approaches to how one feels and expresses this emotion: Eleanor's 'head' approach and Marianne's 'heart' approach. And the desire to be loveable, and popular, and fancied is as old and as enduring as humanity is itself and going public with your feelings is just as popular.

When the idea was first put to me, of re-telling Jane Austen's classic Sense & Sensibility, my first - and I have to say, last - reaction was: how brilliant! I really hope you think so too.

 


Available Titles By This Author

Sense & Sensibility
(Hardback)
Joanna Trollope
 
 
£18.99
 

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The Soldier's Wife
(Paperback)
Joanna Trollope
 
 
£9.99
 
Britannia's Daughters: Women of the...
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Joanna Trollope
 
 
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Friday Nights
(Paperback)
Joanna Trollope
 
 
£9.99
 
Brother & Sister
(Paperback)
Joanna Trollope
 
 
£9.99
 
Second Honeymoon
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Joanna Trollope
 
 
£8.99
 
The Other Family
(Paperback)
Joanna Trollope
 
 
£9.99
 
Daughters-in-Law
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Joanna Trollope
 
 
£9.99
 
A Passionate Man
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Joanna Trollope
 
 
£8.99
 
A Spanish Lover
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Joanna Trollope
 
 
£8.99
 
Next Of Kin
(Paperback)
Joanna Trollope
 
 
£8.99
 
The Choir
(Paperback)
Joanna Trollope
 
 
£8.99
 
Girl From The South
(Paperback)
Joanna Trollope
 
 
£9.99
 
Marrying The Mistress
(Paperback)
Joanna Trollope
 
 
£9.99
 
The Men And The Girls
(Paperback)
Joanna Trollope
 
 
£9.99
 
The Rector's Wife
(Paperback)
Joanna Trollope
 
 
£8.99
 

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