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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Borough Press (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0007461771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007461776
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanna Trollope has written several highly-acclaimed contemporary novels: The Choir, A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector's Wife, The Men and the Girls, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends, Next of Kin, Other People's Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South and Friday Nights. Other People's Children has been shown on BBC television as a major drama serial. Under the name of Caroline Harvey she writes romantic historical novels. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia's Daughters. Joanna was born in Gloucestershire and lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.

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‘…wittily, stylishly and sensitively written with lots of delicious upmarket detail. A must for Trollope and Austen fans alike’ Daily Mail

‘Trollope is an expert in her craft…it’s a faster, zestier, read than the original’ The Times

‘A bloody good read. I was so charmed, I missed my tube stop. Such is the power of Austen’ Stylist ****

‘A fun and light-hearted read’ Sunday Times

‘Trollope and Austen are a natural marriage’ Guardian

‘Austen’s characters translate remarkably smoothly into the present day… enjoyable modern satire’ Daily Telegraph

‘Plays out the siblings’ different romantic survival strategies to great effect’ Marie Claire

‘Is the new Sense & Sensibility worth reading? The answer is unequivocally yes’ Washington Post

‘Told with insight and ingenuity’ i Paper

‘It shouldn’t work, but it does brilliantly!’ Sun on Sunday, Fabulous Magazine

‘Jane Austen's story and Joanna Trollope's voice make the perfect marriage. What a delight!’ SOPHIE KINSELLA

‘Filled with spry twists … far more than a contemporary reworking’ YOU Magazine

‘This will more than satisfy Trollope fans as well as most Austen devotees; a sprightly mix of the old and new’ Library Journal

About the Author

After university, Joanna Trollope spent some time at the Foreign Office before becoming a teacher. She began writing 'to fill the long spaces after the children had gone to bed' and for many years combined her writing career with working as a teacher.

The common theme through all of her novels is the nature of relationships, particularly within families. Joanna's family is hugely important to her. She is the eldest of three, the mother of two daughters, stepmother of two stepsons, and is immensely enjoying being a grandmother.

Joanna Trollope has written eighteen bestselling novels, and has been appointed OBE for services to literature. She now lives in London, and still has the same core group of close friends she's had for the past thirty years.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sylvia colley on 20 Jan. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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This is an unsuccessful attempt to update a well-loved classic.The difficulty in trying to match early 19th century life-style and social manners to 21st attitudes made for awkward and unconvincing reading. What is missing is Jane Austen's wonderful irony. Her understanding of peoples' motives and behaviour is conveyed with cool detachment altogether absent from the modern version
Jane Austen will still be read a hundred years from now, while I doubt if Joanna Trollope's work will be remembered. One wonders why she bothered with such a pointless project,which only demonstrates the superiorty of the original.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By San Diego surfer on 11 Nov. 2013
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In order to appreciate the nuances of Austen's writing and her witty social commentary, it is necessary to have an understanding of social mores, customs and manners during the time in which she was writing. It is all about context! Therefore, it is very difficult to convey Austen's plots and characters to the modern-day era because so much has changed in the past two hundred years. I am deeply sceptical about the seemingly endless amount of Austen spin-offs and sequels which have been published over the past decade or so. 'Austen mania' is an excellent cash cow for publishers and authors but that cow is being milked to extinction.

I attempted to keep an open mind while I read this updated version of Sense and Sensibility but the same question kept popping into my head: why is it necessary to modernize Jane Austen? Aren't her novels already good enough? Perhaps Trollope wrote this as a tribute to Austen but I think there are far better ways of paying homage to one of the greatest female authors of the nineteenth century.

Parts of this book are mildly entertaining but overall the characters are tedious and faded representations of the originals. Marianne is a complete and utter airhead. I'm not saying she wasn't foolish in the original S&S; she is an infatuated teenage girl for much of the novel. But at least there was context for it. Women had to marry. It was in their best interests because as Austen herself wrote, "Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor". But this novel is set very much in the twenty-first century and the constant yipping about boyfriends and inconsequential fluff made me tune out. After a while, a very short while, you simply want Elinor, Marianne and Mrs Dashwood to stand on their own two feet.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By June Doll TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2013
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The Austen Project is a project whereby all of Jane Austen's novels are being re-worked by contemporary authors. This is the first of such reworkings. I feel that Joanna Trollope, a highly acclaimed author, has been very brave in taking this task on. She has taken the story in Austen's novel and all of her characters, and placed them in a contemporary setting. The problem is that while the characters and storyline may well have been quite believable in the early 19th century when Austen wrote her novel, they are far less believable in 2013. All of the characters, without exception, are either totally obnoxious or completely pathetic. The central character is the saintly Elinor who is such a martyr, and so humourless, that you wish you could kick her up the backside. Her two sisters, especially Marianne, are so selfish, rude and ungrateful, that you actively dislike them. Elinor's romantic interest is Edward who is so wet you could wring him out! The sisters' mother is Belle who is utterly pathetic. She is a mother of three grown up daughters who is completely incapable of looking after herself, far less her daughters. Elinor, like any good martyr, takes full responsibility for her mother and sisters and never utters a word of complaint. What you want her to do, is to stand up for herself and to tell the others what she really thinks. Unfortunately she never does.

The background in which the story takes place is one of the very rich upper classes - a place of country estates and baronets, a place where people routinely own large houses in London and large houses in the country. It is a place where young women (all spoiled and silly) are expected to marry for money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LouCam on 15 Mar. 2014
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Joanna Trollope can usually be relied on for a light, easy read novel, a bit of fun and nothing too hard to digest. However, this is dumming down to the extreme. Dreadful, really disappointing and very lazy writing. I cringed at the attempts at "modern" teenage language (amazeballs, totes hilare etc etc). Please do not waste time money and energy on this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Korhomme on 15 Mar. 2014
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I approached this with some trepidation. PD James sequel to P&P somehow didn't work for me; a murder mystery wasn't right, and James' language, though basically correct, just wasn't quite right.

But I enjoyed this 'rewrite'. The plot sticks fairly closely to the original, but without pretentiousness. The language is modern and amusing, and topical. It's really what Jane would write were she alive and writing today; and there are some nice, modern touches, some things that Jane couldn't say (one character turns out to be gay).

I can only give 4* because it's so clearly based on the original plot.

Interestingly, I wondered if the original S&S is on a GCSE/A level curriculum, would it be useful for students to read this updated version. I think it would; it's hard for most of us to fully appreciate all that's going on in Jane, from the details, so what's not said. We just don't have the background that her contemporary readers would have had, and that Jane would have known that they would have had.

There's not much sex, just a sort of suggestion.

And there are no Agas.
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