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In this interview, Emma Thompson shares her considerable insight into Britain's most influential female novelist, the great Jane Austen. Having played the narrator in an all-star-cast adaptation of Northanger Abbey, Emma discusses her favourite passages, characters and themes.

She praises Austen for her unique ability to engage the reader with universal stories of human desires, hopes and foibles, and describes her own long-standing love affair with the author, having first picked up Austen's books at the age of thirteen.

Having won a BAFTA, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her screenplay adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Emma Thompson has already brought Austen to the 21st Century and introduced her to a new generation. She does the same with Northanger Abbey, referring to the heroine as a 'sweet girl', her love interest as a 'witty friend' and the villain of the piece as 'an absolute knob-head'.

In contrast to Sense and Sensibility, Emma describes Northanger Abbey as a straightforward text; the perfect introduction to Austen for those new to her writing.

Listen to Northanger Abbey here.

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Fascinating look at Austen and Thompson

Excellent interview with insightful questions and responses aimed at looking inside Northanger Abbey, and Thompson's habits as a reader.

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Emma always performs beautifully

Emma is magical no matter what she does . Emma is one of the Greats.

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it was ok. nothing exciting or to recommend about it but not bad. definitely not what i was expecting it to be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-17

Very interesting

Get to learn more about Emma Thompson
and her thoughts as she shares about Northanger

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  • Graeme Dutton
  • 09-05-17

very easy to listen to Emma's voice

I will be listening to audio books read by Emma based on hearing this interview. possibly north anger Abbey first.

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  • 08-29-17

Star leader

Emma sounds wonderful in this short piece about her new role. I particularly
Ike the part where she says she had no formal training!

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  • Annaliesa Rose
  • 10-30-17

Love Her So Much!

This woman is so inspirational. She really is a gem to listen to. Definitely will be worth hearing the audible Northanger Abbey.