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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Borough Press (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007461771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007461776
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I'm generally not a fan of modern day attempts to 'update' classical novels or write sequels, and having read this my stance hasn't changed. I would advise anyone who is a huge Austen fan who loves this particular novel to steer clear. I'm more of a Bronte fan myself and I know how I would feel about reading a modern day version of 'Jane Eyre' or 'Wuthering Heights' (hopefully something no-one will attempt).

There are some quite interesting moments, but overall it just doesn't work for me. As others have mentioned Jane Austen's work is firmly rooted in the society she lived in, where women's roles were heavily restricted by traditional expectations and much of this just doesn't translate to modern times, despite the references to iphones/facebook etc. Some aspects such as the Dashwood's dependence on the patronage of rich relatives and Edward's engagement to Lucy just don't make any sense in a modern context. I would also suggest that Trollope is pretty out of touch with the lives of the average 21st century Briton if she thinks that £1500 a month is less than the minimum wage or that 200K is an insignificant inheritance (personally I would consider it life changing).

Some interesting moments but if this kind of project must be undertaken it needs to be done with some boldness - this just feels like a mostly unsuccessful attempt to update a well loved classic, by adding some contemporary references. Rather like a identical remake of a classic film where you just think - why did they bother?

Well it passed the time but just left me feeling that I'd rather re-read the original or a decent new novel by Trollope. I can't help feeling she's running out of ideas ...
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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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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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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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