Northanger Abbey

by Val McDermid

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LoveReading Expert Review of Northanger Abbey

In Val's trademark style of great storytelling and suspense meet modern day Cat whose world is turned upside down and her innocence lost as she is taken from rural Dorset to experience the bright lights of Edinburgh and the festival. Seamless prose complementing dialogue that's speckled with wit, it is clear that Val McDermid clearly relished the writing of this contemporary and page-turning take on Northanger Abbey.

October 2014 Book of the Month.

The titles in the Austen Project series are:

Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
Emma by Alexander McCall Smith
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

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Northanger Abbey Synopsis

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...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780007504299
Publication date: 25th September 2014
Author: Val McDermid
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
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Primary Genre Family Drama
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The Good Book Guide Review

Jane Austen’s tongue-in-cheek chiller is reinvented by crime writer Val McDermid as a present-day romance with its inception at the Edinburgh Festival, where lovable fantasist Cat Morland meets the dashing lawyer Henry Tilney and accepts an invitation to his ancient family home, a gothic abbey that fuels her wild imagination. Lively, light and amusing, this comedy of modern matters and satire on our obsession with everything blood-curdling is full of enjoyably incongruous juxtaposing of deft Austen plotting with text-speak and compulsive Facebook updates. A fun and audacious feat of genre jumping, this is an intriguing new take on a much-loved classic.

Val McDermid Press Reviews

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Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday

'Gripping, intelligent stuff'
The Times

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About Val McDermid

Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies. She has won many aw ards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and w as the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh. In 2016 Val was ...

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