Joanna Trollope is the author of many highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, including The Rector's Wife, Marrying the Mistress, Daughters in Law and City of Friends. She was appointed OBE in 1996, and a trustee of the National Literacy Trust in in 2012. She has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards, as well as being a judge of many other literature prizes; she has been part of two DCMS panels on public libraries and is patron of numerous charities, including Meningitis Now, and Chawton House Library. In 2014, she updated Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility as the opening novel in the Austen Project.
It's time to clear some room on your shelves, here's the best new fiction books we think you'll want to read in 2017.
joannatrollope - 2 days ago
In this audio extract from CITY OF FRIENDS read by Adjoa Andoh at http://bit.ly/CityOfFriends-Audio – Stacey tries to rationalise that her senior manager is not really a bad person, despite his habit of sending demanding emails and ringing late at night with urgent requests. What are your tips for not letting work spill over into our personal lives?
joannatrollope - 3 days ago
In Joanna’s novel THE MEN AND THE GIRLS, Julia and Hugh and Kate and James throw themselves headfirst into marriage without so much as a thought of the discrepancy in their ages. But they all discover that age differences cannot be ignored forever. Do you think that love, happiness, stability and trust in one another are enough to overcome concerns about a difference in age?
joannatrollope - 5 days ago
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joannatrollope - 7 days ago
We asked Joanna how well she was able to overcome the challenges in trying to balance work and family life. “Looking back, I wonder if I ever did... I remember a strong feeling of guilt, of feeling that I was perpetually in the wrong place doing an inadequate job of either work life or home life. But I’m talking of the 1970’s and early 80’s and the social disapproval of working mothers was very oppressive, as those of my generation will remember.”
joannatrollope - 9 days ago
Joanna’s novels chart the challenges many women continue to face in their daily lives. As Joanna explains, “I see such huge and welcome changes in the last 100 years, since women got the (conditional!) vote in 1919. We have a long way to go yet, but there has been tremendous progress in the last century – after all, look how we even talk openly about the issues now! So the women characters in my books are only a reflection of many of the women I rejoice to see around.”
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