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Northanger Abbey

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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

If you like Val McDermid you might also like to read books by Jane Casey, Stuart MacBride and Fred Vargas.


The Good Book Guide logo 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.
~ Susie Cogan

Synopsis

Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

A modern re-imagining of the Gothic Classic Northanger Abbey by the bestselling crime author Val McDermid. The second book in The Austen Project. For Cat Morland life being home-schooled in Dorset is unendurably ordinary. To cope, she devours as many novels as possible, especially anything supernatural. But if Cat can tear her eyes away from the page, she's in for a shock: the very stuff of her dreams is about to come true. An invite to the Edinburgh Festival from some wealthy neighbours throws her in the way of a mysterious young man, Henry Tilney; a like-minded friend, Isabella Thorpe; and her odious brother, who threatens to ruin Cat's chances of adventure. But this heroine is not so easily deterred, especially when she's singled out by the Tilney family to stay with them at their imposing gothic castle, Northanger Abbey. Turrets and creaking doors there may be, but in the depths of the Scottish Borders Cat is isolated from the outside world, with no phone signal and no internet. She's all alone in an ancient abbey alive with old secrets and a family who are not quite as they seem. Is real life about to become more terrifying than the world of her imagination?

Reviews

Praise for Northanger Abbey:

'Val McDermid's brilliant re-working of Jane Austen's original shows that innocent, bookish girls in thrall to the supernatural have changed surprisingly little in two centuries. Witty and shrewd, full of romance and skulduggery - I loved it.
J.K. ROWLING

'Brilliant... I was utterly charmed by this newfangled Austen and look forward eagerly to Alexander McCall Smith's Emma'
John Sutherland, Financial Times

'Funny and brilliantly written'
Jenny Colgan, Guardian

'Northanger Abbey is funny, clever, subversive and Scottish. No bonnets - all brio'
JEANETTE WINTERSON

'I picked up Northanger Abbey one evening and didn't stop reading until I'd finished it. It's an exquisitely realised tale of the uncertainty and brutality of teenage years told with the lightness of touch and humour that Val is famous for. Utter brilliance from McDermid'
SUSAN CALMAN

'McDermid's reworking of the original novel is intelligent, amusing and well-written... captures beautifully how it feels to be a teenager... McDermid is a subtle and witty writer and it's hard to imagine a better evocation of the spirit of the original.'
THE TIMES

'A fun rendering... McDermid's Abbey, with its passageways and dark corners, is fantastic, and this novel is a lark.'
SUNDAY TIMES

'McDermid's great virtue is to have made Austen's characters seem fresh in the way they would have been for her first readers... I can imagine Jane herself applauding.'
SUNDAY EXPRESS

'Note perfect... breezy, vital, inventive... Her obvious pleasure in the task is as contagious as Austen's wit.'
THE SCOTSMAN Praise for The Austen Project:

'The Austen Project is a breathtaking tribute to Jane Austen. I can't wait to read the other five updates while being reminded to reread, joyfully, the originals'
Washington Post

About the Author

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 awarded the Theakston Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. McDermid said: “It's an honour and a thrill to receive this award. The community of writers and readers at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is unlike any other in its warmth and generosity and so this means a huge amount to me. This year sees the publication of my 30th novel and I can't think of a better way to celebrate that.”

In 2010 she received the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Margaret Murphy, then chair of the CWA, said: "The CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger award acknowledges the work of an author who has made an outstanding contribution to the genre. Val McDermid is a worthy winner whose work has entertained and thrilled millions of readers as well as many more who have enjoyed the TV adaptations her books have inspired."

Author photo © Charlie Hopkinson

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Publication date

25th September 2014

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Val McDermid

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The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
368 pages

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007504299

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