Trollope's Austen update jacket revealed

Trollope's Austen update jacket revealed

HarperFiction's jacket for Joanna Trollope's reworking of Sense & Sensibility will show the novel's heroines Elinor and Marianne in cameo but sharing contemporary earphones.

Trollope's version of the Austen novel will be published in October, as part of HarperFiction's The Austen Project, which will see six contemporary novelists rewrite her books. Val McDermid is to write a modern-day Northanger Abbey and US writer Curtis Sittenfeld will do the same for Pride & Prejudice.

The publisher promises the series will "refract the biting social commentary, acerbic wit and familial warmth of Austen's novels through the prism of the contemporary novelist's eye."

HarperFiction said it was "in talks" with other authors over three more literary pairings, to be announced this year.