Joanna Trollope - Author

About the Author

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Joanna Trollope OBE has written numerous highly-acclaimed contemporary novels including: The Choir, A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector’s Wife, The Men and the Girls, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends, Next of Kin, Other People’s Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South, Brother and Sister, Second Honeymoon, Friday Night, The Other Family, Daughters-in-Law and The Soldier's Wife. Under the name of Caroline Harvey she writes romantic historical novels. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia’s Daughters.
 
Joanna Trollope was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature and was the Chair of Judges for the Orange Prize form Fiction 2012.

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Featured books by Joanna Trollope

An Unsuitable Match

An Unsuitable Match

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

An Unsuitable Match, by number one bestselling author Joanna Trollope, is an uplifting story of love, family and second chances. `Why on earth, after all you've been through, all you've survived, all you've achieved, why do you want to get married?' Rose Woodrowe has just got engaged to Tyler Masson - a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn't the first time for either of them, and their five grown-up children have strong opinions on the matter . . . Who to listen to? Who to please? Rose and Tyler are determined to get it right this time, but in trying to make everyone happy, can they ever be happy themselves?

City of Friends

City of Friends

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2017

She glanced at her phone again. There were appeals from the girls, from her colleagues, a text from Steve reading with uncharacteristic imperiousness, 'Call me.' She couldn't. She couldn't call anyone ...She leaned forward, gripping the edge of the bench, and stared at the ground. God, she thought, am I losing my mind? Is this what happens when you lose your job?

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Balancing Act

Balancing Act

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Balancing Act by Joanna Trollope

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Sense & Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Author of 17 bestselling contemporary novels Joanna Trollope has used her skills of astute yet sensitive observation of the ‘human condition’ to reboot Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility from the 18th to 21st Centuries. It’s a fresh, witty and very contemporary story of love in the age of social media yet is totally respectful of the original - what’s not to like. The titles in the Austen Project series are: Sense & Sensibility by Joanna TrollopeNorthanger Abbey by Val McDermidEmma by Alexander McCall SmithEligible by Curtis Sittenfeld In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Sense & Sensibility a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'A truly wonderful re-telling. A perfect indulgent, engaging read.' – Edel Waugh. Scroll down to read more reviews.

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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Author of 17 bestselling contemporary novels Joanna Trollope has used her skills of astute yet sensitive observation of the ‘human condition’ to reboot Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility from the 18th to 21st Centuries. It’s a fresh, witty and very contemporary story of love in the age of social media yet is totally respectful of the original - what’s not to like. The titles in the Austen Project series are: Sense & Sensibility by Joanna TrollopeNorthanger Abbey by Val McDermidEmma by Alexander McCall SmithEligible by Curtis Sittenfeld In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Sense & Sensibility a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'A truly wonderful re-telling. A perfect indulgent, engaging read.' – Edel Waugh. Scroll down to read more reviews.

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The Soldier's Wife

The Soldier's Wife

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2013

Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope if he can't? Through the well observed, astute yet sensitive eye of the author this novel takes a keen look at the home lives of the modern Army. What happens, these days, when love and a vocation collide, head on?   Listen to an audio extract by clicking on the orange arrow below.   The Soldiers Wife by Joanna Trollope by Random House Audiobooks

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Daughters-in-Law

Daughters-in-Law

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

January 2012 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award 2011. Rachel has always been at the centre of her family of three sons but now the youngest is getting married. She must learn to adjust to the changing dynamics within the various new relationships. This is the author at her absolute best, a first rate read.   Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 March 2011.   The Lovereading view... Joanna Trollope cleverly weaves together an involving family drama in which the matriarchal mother finds herself suddenly bereft of her 3 sons as they marry and their wives try to create some distance between them and the mother-in-law.  A power struggle develops and as it does people are going to get hurt.  As with all of Joanna Trollope's novels they are packed with emotion and the characters incredibly well drawn.

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Daughters-in-law

Daughters-in-law

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

January 2012 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award 2011. Rachel has always been at the centre of her family of three sons but now the youngest is getting married. She must learn to adjust to the changing dynamics within the various new relationships. This is the author at her absolute best, a first rate read.   Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 March 2011.   The Lovereading view... Joanna Trollope cleverly weaves together an involving family drama in which the matriarchal mother finds herself suddenly bereft of her 3 sons as they marry and their wives try to create some distance between them and the mother-in-law.  A power struggle develops and as it does people are going to get hurt.  As with all of Joanna Trollope's novels they are packed with emotion and the characters incredibly well drawn.

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The Other Family

The Other Family

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/12/2010

Oh this is a tough one.  Joanna certainly knows how to put her thumb on a bruise and continually push till it hurts.  Why Richie never divorced his first wife to marry the mother of his three girls, his partner for twenty-three years, is beyond me.  Now he’s dead and there is a Will to sort out … oh dear.  This is Joanna writing at the top of her game, as astute and sensitive as ever. Comparison: Libby Purves, Lionel Shriver, Elizabeth Buchan.     To view a Q & A  with Joanna, click the link below: Q&A with Joanna about The Other Family.

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Second Honeymoon

Second Honeymoon

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2007

Yet another irrestible new novel from one of the UK's bestselling authors.  Meet the Boyd family and the empty nest, twenty-first-century style. The youngest of the family is, at last, leaving home.  Needless to say family life is never straight forward and the twists and turns make for a truly compelling read.

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The Book Boy

The Book Boy

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2006

If you haven't yet discovered the brilliant Joanna Trollope then this is the perfect book to start with.  On the surface Alice seems to have it all, healthy children, a husband a lovely house and a job.  It appears she could want for nothing.  But there is one thing that downtrodden Alice wants more than anything.  To learn how to read.  For the first time in her life Alice takes charge with the book boy.

Brother and Sister

Brother and Sister

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2005

A hugely popular author that has her finger right on the pulse of family relationships. In this novel she tackles adoption.

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A Village Affair

A Village Affair

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/1990

To all intents and purposes this was Joanna’s first novel and it was the start of a genre labelled ‘aga saga’ – upper-middleclass country families getting into all sorts of messes.  Joanna is queen of this type of novel and has grown with each new one.  She’s lovely.  She actually started her writing career penning historical novels under the name of Caroline Harvey.   A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘A funny, intelligent and wonderfully involving novel for anyone who’s ever thought of leaving the rat race for the peace of village life – or who’s wondered if their present existence  really contains all that life has to offer.' Linda Evans, Senior Editorial Director at Transworld  

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Other books by Joanna Trollope

Mum & Dad

Mum & Dad

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2020

A Richard & Judy Book Club pick, Mum & Dad is a heartwarming family drama from number one bestseller Joanna Trollope, with all her trademark wit and wisdom. What happens when family roles are reversed and the children must look after mum and dad? It's been twenty-five years since Gus and Monica left England to start a new life in Spain, building a wine business from the ground up. However, when Gus suffers a stroke and their idyllic Mediterranean life is thrown into upheaval, it's left to their three grown-up children in London to step in . . . As the children descend on the vineyard, it becomes clear that each has their own idea of how best to handle their mum and dad, as well as the family business. But as long-simmering resentments rise to the surface and tensions reach breaking point, can the family ties prove strong enough to keep them together? 'No-one dissects the intricacies of family relationships quite like Joanna Trollope' - Good Housekeeping

An Unsuitable Match

An Unsuitable Match

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Nobody writes about family tensions better than Joanna Trollope'Good Housekeeping An Unsuitable Match, by number one bestselling author Joanna Trollope, is an a uplifting story of love, family and second chances. Dealing with one's own emotions is one thing. Facing a parent's roller-coaster of a love life is quite another . . . Rose Woodrowe is getting married to Tyler Masson - a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn't the first time for either of them, and their five grown-up children have strong opinions on the matter . . . Who to listen to? Who to please? Rose and Tyler are determined to get it right this time, but in trying to make everyone happy, can they ever be happy themselves?

City of Friends

City of Friends

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/02/2017

City of Friends is the twentieth novel from the highly acclaimed number one bestselling author, Joanna Trollope. She glanced at her phone again. There were appeals from the girls, from her colleagues, a text from Steve reading with uncharacteristic imperiousness, 'Call me.' She couldn't. She couldn't call anyone . . . She leaned forward, gripping the edge of the bench, and stared at the ground. God, she thought, am I losing my mind? Is this what happens when you lose your job? The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London? As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements or meetings, but instead, long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home - she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby. The girls, now women, had been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and for all the happiness and heartbreaks in between. But these career women all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey's redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits . . .

Marrying the Mistress

Marrying the Mistress

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/07/2016

Marrying the Mistress by Joanna Trollope

Das Porzellanhaus

Das Porzellanhaus

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/06/2015

Es ist rundum eine Erfolgsstory: Susie Moran hat ihre eigene Porzellanmanufaktur gegrundet, und sie zusammen mit ihren drei Tochtern zu einem hochst lukrativen Geschaft aufgebaut. Doch wo die zwei der jungen Frauen Innovation und Zunkunftschancen sehen, will Susie, unterstutzt von ihrer Jungsten, lieber bei ihrem bewahrten Modell bleiben: liebevolles Design gepaart mit erstklassiger handwerklicher Tradition. Die dickkopfige, charismatische Susie will um jeden Preis ihre Idee retten und vergisst dabei beinahe das Wesentliche. Denn dann gibt es ja auch noch die Manner der Familie ...

Eine ganz normale Affare

Eine ganz normale Affare

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/06/2015

Eine Trennung, eine groe Liebe und eine Familie vollerimpulsiver Personlichkeiten: Als Guy Stockdale, ehrwurdigerund erfahrener Richter, sich mit zweiundsechzig Jahren scheidenlassen will, um seine junge Geliebte zu heiraten, gibt eseinen Riesenskandal in der Familie. Wie soll seine Frau Lauraplotzlich allein zurechtkommen? Sein Sohn Simon ist auersich vor Wut. Nur Carrie, Simons Frau, beginnt auf einmal,sich fur die geheimnisvolle junge Anwaltin Marrion zu interessieren... Ein Familiendrama, so charmant und raffiniert,wie es nur Joanna Trollope gelingt.

Die Zwillingsschwestern

Die Zwillingsschwestern

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/06/2015

Lizzie und Frances sind Zwillingsschwestern. Auerlich gleichen sie sich aufs Haar, doch ihre Leben konnten kaum verschiedener sein. Lizzie hat alles: Eine gluckliche Ehe, vier Kinder, eine aufstrebende Karriere und ein groes Haus. Frances jedoch krebst in ihrem Single-Leben herum, sturzt sich von einem Manner-Ungluck ins nachste. Doch dann lernt Frances plotzlich den aufregenden Spanier Luis kennen und folgt ihm ins wunderschone Sevilla, statt mit Lizzies Familie Weihnachten zu feiern. Lizzie sieht ihre Seelenverwandtschaft auseinander brechen, und als auch noch finanzielle Probleme ihre Idylle bedrohen, stellt Lizzy sich plotzlich die Frage: Ist Frances vielleicht in Wirklichkeit diejenige, die alles hat?

Wenn du wieder da bist

Wenn du wieder da bist

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Ebook Release Date: 17/02/2014

Alexa ist aufgeregt. Endlich kommt ihr Mann Dan wieder zuruck, nach sechs Monaten Afghanistan. Das Haus ist von oben bis unten gewienert und aufgeraumt, die Kinder sind bei Freunden untergebracht, Alexa war bei der Manikure. Dan wird uberglucklich sein. Doch was, wenn alles ganz anders kommt?

Sense & Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/10/2013

Joanna Trollope's much-anticipated contemporary reworking of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility will launch The Austen Project and be one of the most talked about books of 2013.'It's hugely exciting to attempt the reworking of one of the best novels written by one of our greatest novelists. This is a project which requires consummate respect above all else; not an emulation, but a tribute.' Joanna TrollopeThe Austen Project is a major new series of six novels teaming up authors of global literary significance with Jane Austen's six complete works.The pairing of Joanna Trollope and Jane Austen received global coverage, from the NEW YORK TIMES to the TIMES OF INDIA. The Austen Project continues with Val McDermid's reworking of Northanger Abbey in Spring 2014 and Curtis Sittenfeld's Pride and Prejudice in Autumn 2014.

Rector's Wife

Rector's Wife

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/08/2012

For twenty years, Anna Bouverie has been the dutiful wife of a village rector, scraping by on his pitiful salary, making cakes for the church bake sales, ironing her husband's surplices, and clothing herself and her children in hand-me-downs. But when an expected promotion to archdeacon falls through, her husband retreats into bitterness. Faced with isolation, the lost hope of a better life, and the bullying of her daughter at school, Anna finally rebels. She takes a job in a supermarket, earning money and a sense of her own worth, along the disapproval of the parish and the icy fury of her husband. At the same time, she is observed with passionate interest by three men, each of whom plays a role in the part-tragic, part-triumphant blossoming of her life.

Joanna Trollope: The Other Family & A Village Affair

Joanna Trollope: The Other Family & A Village Affair

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Ebook Release Date: 15/03/2012

This special 2-for-1 collection features two classic Joanna Trollope novels: The Other Family and A Village Affair.The Other Family:Chrissie, in the twenty-three years she'd been together with Richie, had always believed that he loved her. He loved their three daughters and their house in Highgate and their happy, lively existence. But if she really was the love of his life, why had he never given her the one thing that would have made her life perfect? Then suddenly Richie is no longer there, and without him Chrissie's carefully constructed life is in jeopardy.The one big fact she had always tried to keep from her daughters threatens to overwhelm them all. For Richie had still been married to his first wife, the one with a son that he had abandoned in Newcastle.And now, with Richie gone and the practicalities of wills and money to be sorted out, it is finally time for the two families to face each other ...A Village Affair:The Grey House is the answer to everything in Alice Jordan's perfect life. It seems to be the ultimate achievement of her outwardly happy marriage a loyal, if dull husband, three children, two cars and now the house. So why does she feel as if something crucial is missing? As Alice and her family settle themselves into village life the something missing becomes something huge and then breaks, scandalizing the village, opening up old wounds. But because of it, Alice begins to feel that there is hope and humour, understanding and compassion in the new life she must build for herself.

Schwiegertochter

Schwiegertochter

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/04/2011

Rachel liebt ihre drei Sohne uber alles. Aber drei Sohne bedeuten auch drei Schwiegertochter, und die haben nicht immer dieselben Vorstellungen von Familiengluck wie sie: Sigrid, die Frau von Edward reist mit ihrer Tochter ohne Vorankundigung eine zeitlang in ihre schwedische Heimat. Petra weigert sich, das Haus an der Nordseekuste aufzugeben, weil sie sich ein Familienleben in London, wo Ralph einen neuen Job hat, nicht vorstellen kann. Und Charlotte ist emport, weil sie sich von ihrer Schwiegermutter bevormundet fuhlt. Droht die Grofamilie auseinander zu brechen oder halten die drei Sohne den polarisierenden Kraften stand?

Bruder und Schwester

Bruder und Schwester

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/08/2010

David und Nathalie sind Adoptivkinder, sie haben verschiedene Mutter, wuchsen aber wie Geschwister auf. Als sie bereits erwachsen sind und eigene Kinder haben, entscheiden sie sich, ihre wahren Mutter ausfindig zu machen, und es beginnt ein schmerzhafter Prozess: fur die Partner, die Adoptiveltern und besonders fur die leiblichen Mutter, die in all den Jahren ein vollig anderes Leben gefuhrt haben. Joanna Trollope vermag es, die schwierige Suche nach der verloren geglaubten Identitat behutsam und pointiert auszuleuchten.

Die andere Familie

Die andere Familie

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/08/2010

Ausgerechnet der Flugel! Das groe alte Instrument hatte zu ihrem Dad gehort wie nichts anderes, und jetzt mussen Tamsin, Dilly und Amy mit ansehen, wie er ihnen einfach weggenommen wird. Die andere Familie ihres Vaters soll ihn erben, eine Familie, von der die drei bis zu seinem plotzlichen Tod nichts geahnt hatten. Was fur ein Schock! Nur Amy, die Jungste, wird neugierig: Wer ist ihr ratselhafter Halbbruder ...?

Zweiter Fruhling

Zweiter Fruhling

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/08/2010

Der 22-jahrige Ben verlasst als Letzter das elterliche Nest. Nach ihrem Fulltimejob als Mutter kann Edie endlich wieder Ehefrau sein und sich voll und ganz um ihren Mann Russell kummern. Jedenfalls hat der sich das so vorgestellt. Ein lebendiger und authentischer Familien- und Beziehungsroman uber Manner und Frauen und die Wendepunkte im Leben.

Immer freitagabends

Immer freitagabends

Author: Joanna Trollope Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/08/2010

Eleanor furchtet sich vor der groen Leere nach ihrer Pensionierung. Doch eines Tages macht sie die Bekanntschaft mit sechs jungeren Frauen. Immer freitagabends treffen sie sich: Ihre Kinder im Schlepptau, eine Flasche Rotwein in der Hand, kommen sie zu Eleanor, und es entstehen auergewohnliche, intensive Freundschaften. Bis eines Abends ein Mann dazustot ... Mit viel Empathie erkundet Joanna Trollope das Phanomen der Freundschaft unter Frauen in einer Welt zwischen Arbeit, Kindern - und Liebesabenteuern.

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