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Little Women
Little Women

Little Women

FICTION

224 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95)

Publication Date: April 2018

ISBN 9781785943355

Rights: US

BBC Books (Apr 2018)

Price: $14.95
 
 

Overview

The official tie-in edition to the BBC adaptation of Little Women with an exclusive introduction by writer Heidi Thomas

Loved by generations around the world, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is a truly universal coming-of-age story, as relevant and engaging today as it was when originally published in 1868. Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman—from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage. This three-part adaptation has been written by Call the Midwife and Cranford creator Heidi Thomas and directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary). It features a stellar cast including Academy award-winner Dame Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate) as the girls' wealthy relative—the cantankerous Aunt March. Bafta-winner Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Churchill's Secret) takes the role of their benevolent neighbour Mr. Laurence, and Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End) will play Laurie, the charming boy next door. Newcomer Maya Hawke takes the role of willful and adventurous Jo, Willa Fitzgerald will play the eldest daughter Meg, Annes Elwy will play Beth, and Kathryn Newton takes the role of the youngest sister Amy.

Reviews

"One of the most subtly beautiful books about a city I have ever read." —Jan Morris

"Thubron writes in a classical style of grave beauty, with an intense feeling for place and people." —New York Times

Author Biography

Louisa May Alcott was born on November  29, 1832 in Pennsylvania. Her father was friends with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau. Alcott started selling stories in order to help provide financial support for her family. Her first book was Flower Fables (1854). She worked as a nurse during the Civil War and in 1863 published Hospital Sketches, based on her experiences. Little Women was published in 1868 and was based on her life growing up with her three sisters. She followed it with three sequels, Good Wives (1869), Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886) and she also wrote other books for both children and adults. Louisa May Alcott was an abolitionist and a campaigner for women's rights. She died on March 6, 1888.