Joanna joins Mariella Frostrup’s Open Book programme on BBC Radio 4. Listen to Joanna as she talks about her forthcoming novel, City of Friends. Joanna considers working life, as she writes about four highly successful career women, who have known each other since university and whose close ties are threatened when their personal lives and work mix.
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She may be known as the Queen of the Aga saga, but Joanna Trollope claims that the moniker is sexist and “damaging” to her literary career.
The author, whose tales of rural intrigue have made her into a household name, said that the Aga saga tag had been applied to her novels as a result of gender discrimination within the literary establishment.
She said: “The whole Aga saga thing has been so damaging. People think I write about cosy rural communities, but I take quite a subversive stance on modern topics that might just help women realise they’re not alone.
“My feeling about it [sexism] is ‘deal with it’. You either think of some put-down or deal with it in a sophisticated, dispassionate manner.”
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Welcome! I am so pleased you have found this brand new website – with it’s equally brand new look and news. Its also a great pleasure to me to know that from now on, you will know my news almost as soon as I do myself, and that we can stay in touch on a much more regular basis. The first piece of news is that there will be another novel out in February 2017, with a striking and lovely new look jacket. It’s called “City of Friends” and is about, as the title suggests, women who work and – vital to all of us – female friends. It’s my first novel under the Mantle imprint – part of Pan Macmillan – so there will be a lot of exciting firsts to celebrate next year. And also some very precious constants, most of all my readers. There would be no point, for me, in writing without you, and you have been wonderfully loyal for a very long time. So, apart from launching this website, I want to say a huge thank you to every one of you. And may we go forward together.
Warmest wishes, Joanna
There have been several very kind people emailing, or sending a message via Facebook, to say that signing up for the Newsletter on my website does not work. Huge apologies for this – and it is just part of the general state of the website at the moment. The people looking after my website are well aware of this, but rather than trying to mend a rather tired website, these very talented people are working away at a brand new website which will be launched towards the end of 2016. In the meantime, I’m pleased to say my email has been given a new life, and so do keep in touch with me that way! With my best wishes. Joanna.