Joanna Trollope will be talking about her career and new book, Balancing Act, which will be published in February 2014.
In Balancing Act, the central character, Susie Moran is a success. She has founded and run her own highly profitable company and her three daughters are involved in the business. Rooted in the traditions of the Stoke-on-Trent potteries, and producing charming useable objects of distinctive design Susie is justly proud of her achievements and has no intention of letting it change.
However now the men in the family are beginning to stir and Susie's ageing father, who abandoned her as a baby, wants to build bridges and re-enter her life. Can the needs of a family business override the needs of the family itself? In wanting to preserve her business, will Susie lose something much more precious?
Joanna Trollope is the author of seventeen highly acclaimed and award winning novels. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia’s Daughters, as well as a number of historical novels.
Previous titles include: The Choir, A Village Affair, The Rector's Wife, Daughters-in-law, and The Soldier's Wife.
Early in 2013 Joanna wrote a contemporary reworking of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility as part of the Austen project - a major new series pairing six contemporary writers with Jane Austen's six completed works.
Joanna was awarded an OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours list. Joanna has been appointed a trustee of the National Literary Trust. She has supported the charity for several years and was an author ambassador for its 20th anniversary in 2013.
Joanna's website is www.joannatrollope.com