Emma: A Modern Retelling: A Modern Retelling by Alexander Mcca SmithEmma: A Modern Retelling: A Modern Retelling by Alexander Mcca Smith

Emma: A Modern Retelling: A Modern Retelling

byAlexander Mcca Smith

Hardcover | September 30, 2017

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An unstoppable combination: Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Austen, as Sandy modernizes the story of Emma Woodhouse.
          Emma Woodhouse's widowed father is an anxious man, obsessed with nutrition and the latest vitamins. He lives the life of a country gentleman in contemporary England, protectively raising his young daughters, Isabella and Emma. While Isabella grows into a young woman, marries a society photographer for Vogue at the age of 19 and gets down to the business of reproducing herself, Emma pursues a degree in interior design at university in Bath, and then returns to set up shop in her home village. With her educated eye for the coordination of pattern and colour, Emma thinks she can now judge what person would best be paired with another, and sets about matchmaking her young friend, Harriet, with various possible suitors. Little does she know she is not the only person encouraging romantic pairings in the village. As Emma's cupid-like curiosity about her neighbours, both young and old, moves her to uncover their deeper motives, she is forced to confront a few surprising truths about her own.
ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has se...
Title:Emma: A Modern Retelling: A Modern RetellingFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:368 pages, 9.55 × 6.45 × 1.22 inShipping dimensions:9.55 × 6.45 × 1.22 inPublished:September 30, 2017Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0345809068

ISBN - 13:9780345809063


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Apologies! Apologies to Mr. Alexander McCall-Smith (not Alexandra - but you seen to understand women so well!!)
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the classic version! I enjoy this "modern retelling" much more than the classic Jane Austen version: the characters are believable, the dialogue witty and the "lesson" still relevant. Well done Alexandra McCall-Smith!
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and fresh. Alexander McCall Smith has a way with words and character development that draws you in and makes you want to stay. He remains true to Austin's novel, the characters struggle, while making them fresh and all his own. A must read for all Austin and Smith fans, as well as, all those who love a great story.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking Characters have distinct voices. The author is the master of the stream of consiousness run on sentence.
Date published: 2015-04-26

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Emma:"Persuasive reading.... Surely Austen would be proud." --Library Journal"Alexander McCall Smith's legion of readers will no doubt enjoy this comedy of manners." --The Sydney Morning Herald"McCall Smith brings the lightest of touches to his task.... His Emma is a flattering Austen imitation and represents a job well done." --The Herald (Scotland)"A delightfully droll, thoughtful novel that reflects on money's enduring role in relationships as well as on the nature of this meddlesome heroine's long-lived appeal." --Kirkus Reviews