We are delighted to welcome bestselling and award-winning novelist, Joanna Trollope, to talk about Sense and Sensibility, her 21st-century setting of Austen’s classic, her admiration for Jane Austen (and Charlotte Brontë) and career to date. Trollope (and yes, she is a distant relative of Victorian novelist, Anthony Trollope) has won many fans with her consistently strong novels on life in England, family dynamics, their problems and their victories.

Once dismissed by some critics as the queen of ‘Aga sagas’, her more recent work has evolved to cover subjects such as lesbianism, broken families and adoption, with the mood growing darker with each novel.

“Anyone who thinks my novels are just read by nice ladies in Guildford would be amazed if they came along to one of my readings.” – Joanna Trollope

In conversation with Yvette Huddleston, she will discuss the secrets of her success along with her latest novel City of Friends.

About The Speaker

Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope is the author of nineteen highly acclaimed and bestselling novels. She was appointed OBE in 1996, and a trustee of the National Literacy Trust in 2012. In 2014, she updated Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility as the opening novel in the Austen Project. City of Friends is her twentieth novel.

About The Host

Yvette Huddleston

Yvette Huddleston is an author and journalist specialising in the arts. She has written extensively on film, theatre, literature and visual art for a wide range of national and regional publications.