Joanna Trollope is to write a contemporary reworking of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility as part of a new series to be published by HarperFiction.
Publishing director Louisa Joyner bought world rights from James Gill at United Agents. Trollope's Sense and Sensibility will be published in autumn 2013. It will form part of a series of six novels that rework Austen's books by well-known authors.
Joyner said: "I’m so excited that we’re able to announce the author so regularly described as a modern Jane Austen as the first literary marriage in this set of six betrothals. Joanna Trollope and Jane Austen share an extraordinary ability to combine heart-rending plots with a social acuity which has powerful resonances for contemporary audiences."
Trollope said: "This is a great honour and an even bigger challenge. It’s a hugely exciting proposal to attempt the reworking of one of the best novels written by one of our greatest novelists.
"This is a project which will require consummate respect above all else; not an emulation, but a tribute."