The beloved and bestselling novelist Joanna Trollope's contemporary reworking of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility launches The Austen Project and is already one of the most talked about books of the year.
When sisters Elinor and Marianne lose their father and their beloved home, Norland Park, all in a matter of weeks, the shock impacts them in very different ways. As young architect student Elinor holds the family together, Marianne resists the change they must endure with all of her might.
Thrust into a tiny cottage in Devon, the two sisters are soon united by one thing, dilemmas of the heart. But where Marianne proclaims her love, Elinor holds her tongue. And in a world that turns on an axis of money, sex and power, what will prevail: following one's head or one's heart?
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.