This autumn sees the launch of The Austen Project, a major new series in which six bestselling authors reimagine Jane Austen’s six complete works. The series begins this October with No. 1 bestseller Joanna Trollope’s glorious re-telling of Sense & Sensibility.
To celebrate the release, we’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win an overnight stay for two at the stunning Queensberry Hotel in Bath. The prize includes a three course dinner in the award-winning Olive Tree restaurant, breakfast the following morning and complimentary parking.
There’s more information on the competition below, so have a read of Joanna Trollope’s blog piece and enter this fantastic competition for your chance to win!
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! Jane Austen’s preoccupations – romance, money and class – are simply timeless.
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. However, when transposed to our modern life they have jobs, wear different clothes, are very cognisant of modern technology and do all the things that you’d expect modern people to do. But at heart they remain Jane’s people, and have translated entirely over the 200 years with not a tremor. She really was brilliant.
Of course Sense & Sensibility is a love story, about Eleanor’s ‘head’ approach and Marianne’s ‘heart’ approach. 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. I would guess that the number of modern girls pressured by their peers or their own insecurities into making fools of themselves on Facebook and by Instagram, is exactly the same as it was before these alarmingly public fora existed. 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 Sense & Sensibility 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.
I hope you enjoy it!
To win an overnight stay for two at the spectacular Queensberry Hotel, the perfect base from which to explore Bath, simply tell us in the comments section below what your favourite Austen novel is and why.
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- This competition is promoted by HarperCollins Publishers (“HarperCollins”), 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8JB.
- This promotion is open to all UK residents, 18 and over, except employees of HarperCollins and The Queensberry Hotel in Bath (or their parent, subsidiaries or any affiliated companies) and their immediate families, who are not allowed to enter the competition.
- To enter, simply tell us in the comments section what your favourite Austen novel is and why.
- Closing date for entries is 11pm on 11th November 2013. No entries received after this date will be accepted. No purchase necessary. Only one entry allowed per household.
- The prize, for two people, includes an overnight stay for two at The Queensbury Hotel in Bath. The prize includes a three course dinner in the award-winning Olive Tree restaurant, breakfast the following morning and complimentary parking for the duration of the stay. The prize does not include wine with the meal or transport to and from the hotel.
- The prize must be taken by 27th October 2014 and is subject to availability. It excludes Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas and New Year. Call 01225 447928 as soon as possible in advance to organise your booking.
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