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.
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joannatrollope - 5 hours ago
On the importance of friendship, Joanna says, ‘I sometimes think friends are the family you choose, rather than are born into. I have friends that date from babyhood, and friends I only made in the last few months. I very much hope I can go on keeping up friendships and making new ones for ever.’ Here Joanna introduces us to Stacey in her novel CITY OF FRIENDS. What words would you use to describe the friendships in your life?
joannatrollope - yesterday
Congratulations to Sue Roberts & Fiona Roberts, Alice Bateman & Suzie Metcalfe and Elaine Meltzer & Lesley Morris for each winning a copy of Joanna’s new novel CITY OF FRIENDS in our latest #competition. And thank you to everyone else that entered. If you haven’t got your copy, CITY OF FRIENDS is out now at http://bit.ly/CityofFriends.
joannatrollope - 2 days ago
Joanna is the master of bringing us characters we are able to relate to. As Joanna says, ‘Every character in a novel is a composite of lots of real people I have noticed, even though no existing person is ever made up of exactly those elements. It means that I often really dislike or am immensely irritated by the way a character behaves in a novel, but their conduct also reassures me that the character is being as exasperating as they would be if they were a real human in real life.’ Which of Joanna’s characters are your favourites?
joannatrollope - 6 days ago
In CITY OF FRIENDS, Melissa has a shock when her son Tom announces plans to have a weekly dinner at his father’s house. With his father’s wife and their children. “Like a family. They said one night a week I could have a family. At theirs.” But 'Family' is a single word, with many different meanings. How would you define family? And what does being a part of a family mean to you?
joannatrollope - 8 days ago
You or a loved one could become a named character in my next book with the National Literacy Trust’s online auction, which is now open for bidding! Your bids will raise vital funds to help children from deprived areas develop a lifelong love of reading.
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