EMMA TENNANT became a full-time novelist with the apocalyptic 'The Time of the Crack' (1973), later reprinted as 'The Crack'. More than twenty books followed, including thrillers, comic fantasies, books for children and a series of unconventional and revisionary 'sequels' to classic texts, such as 'Tess' (1993); 'Pemberley' and 'An Unequal Marriage' (1993-4), and 'Emma in Love' (1996). Tennant was the founding editor of the innovative periodical 'Bananas' (1975); she has worked as general editor of 'In Verse' (1982) and as general editor of the Viking series 'Lives of Modern Women' (1985). She was awarded an Honorary D.Litt. from the University of Aberdeen in 1996 and lives in London.