Publishing director Louisa Joyner bought world rights from James Gill at United Agents. Trollope's Sense and Sensibility will be published in autumn 2013. It will form part of a series of six novels that rework Austen's books by well-known authors.
Joyner said: "I’m so excited that we’re able to announce the author so regularly described as a modern Jane Austen as the first literary marriage in this set of six betrothals. Joanna Trollope and Jane Austen share an extraordinary ability to combine heart-rending plots with a social acuity which has powerful resonances for contemporary audiences."
Trollope said: "This is a great honour and an even bigger challenge. It’s a hugely exciting proposal to attempt the reworking of one of the best novels written by one of our greatest novelists.
"This is a project which will require consummate respect above all else; not an emulation, but a tribute."