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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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Brilliant!

Her voice is just great. Her narration to Northanger Abbey is just brilliant! It's fun to hear what she thought about the story.

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  • rg
  • 06-21-18

eww i had no idea

wow! emma is so dull. who woulda thunk it? the queations were good &i like the interviewers tone but emma just made this such a drag

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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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  • Stephen Burridge
  • 07-06-18

great insight into a great actress

This is a really great insight into one of our bestest modern day actresses. a calming voice from someone with obvious great intellect and good sense of humour melee this a small] but compelling listen.

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  • Henry Lee
  • 03-01-18

Good sense of humour with interesting aspects

Class interview that declares fine definition to characters and various books to link up with.

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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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  • JOHN
  • 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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  • GrimWeeper
  • 03-09-18

would have liked more about Emma

Always interested to hear from Emma Thompson but would have liked to hear more about her and less about Jane Austen..

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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.