Friday, 15 August 2014

Jane Austen at Covent Garden

Here is something that some of you living in or visiting London this weekend might be interested in:  an afternoon concert celebrating Jane Austen.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Austen Project - Book Two

Here's a taste of something old / something new to entertain you this summer. Bestselling crime author, Val McDermid ('Fever on the Bone' and 'The Vanishing Point') has published the second book in The Austen Project - modern re-imagining of the Gothic Classic 'Northanger Abbey'. If you enjoyed reading Joanna Trollope's version of 'Sense and Sensibility' last year, you might like to give this book a try. Here's what the publishers have to say about it:

'Seventeen-year-old Catherine ‘Cat’ Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat’s wealthy neighbours, the Allens, invite her to the Edinburgh Festival, she is sure adventure beckons.

Edinburgh initially offers no such thrills: Susie Allen is obsessed by shopping, Andrew Allen by the Fringe. A Highland Dance class, though, brings Cat a new acquaintance: Henry Tilney, a pale, dark-eyed gentleman whose family home, Northanger Abbey, sounds perfectly thrilling. And an introduction to Bella Thorpe, who shares her passion for supernatural novels, provides Cat with a like-minded friend. But with Bella comes her brother John, an obnoxious banker whose vulgar behaviour seems designed to thwart Cat’s growing fondness for Henry.

Happily, rescue is at hand. The rigidly formal General Tilney invites her to stay at Northanger with son Henry and daughter Eleanor. Cat’s imagination runs riot: an ancient abbey, crumbling turrets, secret chambers, ghosts…and Henry! What could be more deliciously romantic?

But Cat gets far more than she bargained for in this isolated corner of the Scottish Borders. The real world outside the pages of a novel proves to be altogether more disturbing than the imagined world within…'

With such an excellent plot to follow - how can McDermid go wrong?  If you have read it, let us know what you think.  
The book costs €14.87 on the book depository (free postage) and $10.82 on Kindle