Northanger Abbey Hardcover – 24 March 2014
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- Publisher : HarperCollins - GB (24 March 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007504241
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007504244
- Dimensions : 15.9 x 3.7 x 24 cm
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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.'
‘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’
‘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
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Like Austen, McDermid was very tongue in cheek and you had a sense of fun throughout the book, even with its gothic undertones.
Even if you have not read the original, I would recommend this book as a really enjoyable read.
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First for the Austen fans: if you are a purist who dutifully reads but always hates any kind of re-writing or continuation, do not bother, you will only hurt yourself.
If you are a fan who enjoys the odd modernisation and adaptation, this is one of the best I’ve read (and I have read a lot). The feel of the original and the subtlety of the social commentary is very much present, and the gothic undertones just as delightful. The setting of the Edinburgh festival is a wonderful way of introducing our new Catherine to society. The characters are all faithful to the originals. Catherine is a sheltered young girl taking the world by storm. Henry, just as witty and modest, and the pairing just as endearing. However, in their new surroundings of the modern world, they are more youthful, making this more of a young adult story in its tone. Some of the dialogue and slang is a little dated, but that is easily overlooked.
Finally, for or those of you wondering why I keep comparing this to Jane Austen and those of you (god forbid) wondering who Jane Austen is, no prior knowledge of the original is needed to enjoy this book, it is light hearted and heart-warming, but I would suggest you get cracking with the classics.
The tone was pitch perfect. Austen's Catherine and Isabella segued plausibly into Cat and Bella with foolishness intact. General Tilney was reliably awful as before and his dispatching of Catherine onto a long distance bus journey home simply perfect.
If you enjoyed the original, I suspect you will (shamefully) find pleasure in this one.