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Nearly a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago an un­known au­thor named John Gr­isham had an un­spec­tac­u­lar lit­er­ary de­but with the court­room drama A Time To Kill. Since then, Gr­isham has gone on to be­come a num­ber one best-seller with 26 le­gal nov­els.

With his name firmly es­tab­lished, and his first two books hav­ing made a suc­cess­ful trans­fer to Hol­ly­wood, Gr­isham has now re­turned to Clan­ton, the small Mis­sis­sippi town that was the set­ting for his first lit­er­ary work.

In Sy­camore Row, Gr­isham con­tin­ues the story of lawyer This mod­ern adap­ta­tion of Jane Austen’s com­edy of man­ners is part of Harper Collins’s six-part se­ries in which pop­u­lar authors reimag­ine the clas­sics for mod­ern times. But as one of the most loved clas­si­cal writ­ers of all time, at­tempt­ing to re­write the works of Jane Austen is no easy feat.

This new ver­sion of Sense and Sen­si­bil­ity re­tains the heart of the orig­i­nal, but this is one of the many rea­sons it fails. In a lot of ways, the lan­guage used is ar­chaic and there is noth­ing in place to reach out to a younger gen­er­a­tion, apart from the fact When Sir Alex Fer­gu­son bowed out as Manch­ester United man­ager in May, it brought the cur­tain down on a glo­ri­ous 26-year reign of un­prece­dented suc­cess. In his se­cond au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, he of­fers the in­side track on al­most three decades at Old Traf­ford, tak­ing in tro­phies, feuds and fly­ing boots.

There’s plenty of praise for his for­mer play­ers, with the likes of Paul Sc­holes, Cristiano Ron­aldo and Ryan Giggs all hailed. But more in­ter­est­ing is his ruth­less take on those who dared to cross him.

How­ever, many will be dis­mayed thatThe Rock of Gi­bral­tar saga, where Fer­gu­son was em­broiled

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