Northanger Abbey (Hardback)
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Northanger Abbey (Hardback)

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Jane Austen in the hands of queen of crime, Val McDermid. Get ready for a very different Northanger Abbey. 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...

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007504244

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“A light-hearted Austen reimagining”

As a big Jane Austen fan, I am always a bit sceptical of modern day retellings of her books or continuations of her stories. However, Val McDermid’s offering was a pleasant surprise!

The second book in ‘The Austen... More

Hardback edition
4th May 2014
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“Fun and frothy”

I'm not really sure what the point of "The Austen Project" - whereby successful modern authors rework a particular Austen book - is. In her introduction, Val McDermid refers to "The challenge ..[of... More

Hardback edition
26th March 2014
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“One for the romantics”

I enjoyed this book but have only given it 3 stars as I did put it down several times and forget about it. I hadn't read the original Jane Austin book so couldn't be influenced by this. The way in which the... More

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29th April 2014
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