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Emma by Alexander McCall Smith. Photo: PA Photo/Handout/The Borough Press

Emma by Alexander McCall Smith. Photo: PA Photo/Handout/The Borough Press

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Emma by Alexander McCall Smith

McCall Smith joins the ranks of contributors to The Austen Project with this sparkling retelling of Emma.

We first meet Emma as a precocious child but the tale picks up on her return from Bath University where she studied interior design. Here we get to the real meat of the story: her meddling in other people’s business. It’s wonderfully updated, complete with gastropubs and Mini Coopers, gap years and reality TV shows.

It’s fun – a tongue-in-cheek, clever re-telling, at once familiar and fresh.