Jane Austen Bicentenary

Over 200 years old and still as contemporary as ever.

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The Austen Project

200 years since Jane Austen’s death, six contemporary authors have been charged with reimagining her classics. So far, Joanna Trollope, Val McDermid, Alexander McCall Smith and Curtis Sittenfield have taken up the challenge. The latter’s Eligible, now in paperback, is Pride and Prejudice in modern-day Cincinnati and a thoroughly enjoyable read. You can find it here. No-one knows yet who the last two authors will be to complete the project. We’re on the edge of our seats and you will be the first to know!

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2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death. Her novels continue to delight and there have been numerous TV and film adaptations of them (who can forget Colin Firth after the swim in the lake?). In this category you will find some of her classic novels along with modern re-workings of them and also a selection of non-fiction titles that explore her life and work and the continuing fascination it exerts upon readers.