Beloved and bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith lends his delightful touch to the Austen classic, Emma.
‘It's comfort reading at its most soothing’ Independent
Prepare to meet a young woman who thinks she knows everything.
Fresh from university, Emma Woodhouse triumphantly arrives home in Norfolk ready to embark on adult life with a splash. Not only has her sister, Isabella, been whisked away on a motorcycle up to London, but her astute governess, Miss Taylor is at a loose end, abandoned in the giant family pile, Hartfield, alongside Emma’s anxiety-ridden father. Someone is needed to rule the roost and young Emma is more than happy to oblige.
As she gets her fledging design business off the ground, there is plenty to delight her in the buzzing little village of Highbury. At the helm of her own dinner parties and instructing her new little protégée, Harriet Smith, Emma reigns forth. But there is only one person who can play with Emma’s indestructible confidence, her old friend and inscrutable neighbour George Knightley – this time has Emma finally met her match?
You don’t have to be in London to go to parties, find amusement or make trouble. Not if you’re Emma, the very big fish in the rather small pond. But for a young woman who knows everything, Emma has a lot to learn about herself.
Ever alive to the uproarious nuances of human behaviour, and both the pleasures and pitfalls of village life, beloved author Alexander McCall Smith’s Emma is the busybody we all know and love, and a true modern delight.
Praise for Emma:
‘Entertaining . . . McCall Smith brings such intelligence and wit’ The Daily Mail
‘Funny, heartfelt and very readable’ Good Housekeeping
‘Funny and clever’ Fabulous Magazine
Praise for Alexander McCall Smith:
‘Witty, elegant, gentle, compassionate’
‘The kind of simplicity one finds in the best children's stories and a fluency which reflects his practice of writing 4,000 words a day in a stint of four hours… A talent for traditional story telling’ Guardian
About the author
Like Mr Woodhouse, Alexander McCall Smith is the father of two daughters. Unlike Mr Woodhouse, he achieved global recognition in 1999 for his award-winning series The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and he now devotes his time to the writing of fiction, including the 44 Scotland Street and the Isabel Dalhousie series. He is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects, and his work has been translated into forty-six languages. Before becoming a full-time writer he was for many years Professor of Medical Law at Edinburgh University and served on national and international bioethics bodies. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth, a doctor.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The Austen Project continues with Alexander McCall Smith—author of the delightful No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series—reworking Emma for a 21st-century audience. McCall Smith’s novel adds wonderful depth and colour to the story of a headstrong heroine who repeatedly meddles in her loved ones’ affairs. A true joy for Jane Austen fans and readers who love cheery dramas, this modern-day Emma explores the famous character in sparklingly clever and relevant ways, breathing fresh life into an enduring classic.
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Atrocious re-telling of a classic
I was incredibly disappointed with this book. There was no nuance. Characters were seriously altered to attempt to fit a modern storyline, yet they retained much of the propriety found in Austen's work - so they really belonged nowhere. It was just really, really odd. I kept hoping it would get better, but the crescendos in the original story never really made a ripple in this novel, and it was incredibly disappointing. Apologies to the author, but it's the truth.