Sense & Sensibility
by Joanna Trollope
It’s not an error that Trollope has been mentioned as the author. This 2013 book is the British writer’s modern retelling of the well-loved original – all part of the Austen Project, for which six novelists have been commissioned to rewrite Austen’s six complete works. The point? To consider whether the obstacles and joys of the Dashwood sisters’ love lives would have been any different if they were born in the 21st Century instead of the 19th. In this re-telling, pragmatic Elinor is now an architecture student and spirited Marianne a bohemian musician – but their careers still don’t stop them from falling for the wrong men. As with the Georgian counterpart, class divisions still exist, money does matter, rejection is humiliating and love is found when least expected.