Jane Austen Books
Jane Austen 200 by Emma Darlington
Jane Austen 200 is a comprehensive guide by Emma Darlington that covers the 2017 bicentenary celebrations that took place to mark the 200 years since Jane Austen died on 18 July 1817. It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the special exhibitions and shows that took place that year. Plus, you can read about and see photographs of Jane’s personal things, some of which are in private hands and rarely seen.
Jane Austen’s Novels
Sense & Sensibility was published in 1811, and tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne as they come of age. After their father dies, they have to move to a humble cottage in Cornwall, and meet a lovable rogue named Willoughby. After a few broken hearts, will love conquer all?
Pride and Prejudice is Jane’s most successful novel where a spirited Elizabeth meets single, rich, and proud Mr Darcy. But can Mr Darcy fall in love with a woman beneath his class? Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? These are 2019 limited editions, all numbered with a lovely cover and foil stamping.
Emma is rather spoiled and self absorbed, and is totally oblivious to the feelings of others. She considers herself quite the matchmaker, though is usually wrong. The first sentence reads “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich.” Jane wrote, “I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.” We also love the cover of this book as it’s very romantic.
Mansfield Park is the story of Fanny Price, who at ten years old is sent to live with her wealthy relatives, leaving her impoverished family behind. Aunt Norris treats her as a servant, and the Bertram daughters are quite cruel to her. She seeks solace in her cousin Edmund who reminds her of her brother. From London, Henry and Mary Crawford cause upheaval, Tom causes a scandal, and Fanny eventually falls in love.
Northanger Abbey was the first novel Jane finished, although it was published after Jane’s death in 1817. It is seen as a Gothic style novel which were popular at the time. The story is about 17 year old Catherine Morland who goes to Bath and falls in love with Henry Tilney, makes friends with his sister and Isabella Thorpe. She goes to the dramatic Northanger Abbey where events take a most unusual turn.
Persuasion was published with Northanger Abbey in 1817 after Jane died. It’s a romance about second chances. Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth fall in love, and then Anne is persuaded to break off the engagement and they are separated for a number of years before meeting up again. This book features Lyme Regis and the famous leap by Louisa Musgrove into Capitan Wentworths arms.
Jane Austen themed books we love
We love reading about Jane Austen, the places she lived, wrote, shopped and danced. There have been many books written about her over the years, or in her style, plus many film and TV adaptations. Here are the ones we love so you can read them too.
Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
How about a bit of mystery? This is a modern thriller with a twist on Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. We loved the fun in this book by the best-selling crime writer Val McDermid. It’s about a young seventeen year old woman called ‘Cat’ who leaves her home in rural Dorset to attend the Edinburgh Festival. She is invited to stay at an ancient crumbling abbey on the Scottish Borders with a Mr Tinley, and her imagination runs riot with ghosts, secret chambers and lots of twists and turns in this great novel. We couldn’t put it down!
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen flynn
Set in London in 1815, Rachel and Liam are transported back in time to rural England to rescue an unpublished Jane Austin manuscript and bring it back to their time. The Jane Austen Project is a popular romance by Kathleen Flynn. Posing as a doctor and his sister from the West Indies, this book travels up and down two hundred and fifty years. Once they infiltrate Jane’s circle of friends and family via Henry, things really start to liven up!
Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley
Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley is a comprehensive book about Jane Austen, her life and homes. Lucy is a historian who visits Jane’s childhood home, her schools, and the houses of her family on who she relied on for support. She was a woman who fought to be free and live as she wished, and with five marriage proposals, she refused to settle for anything less than her own Mr Darcy.
Jane Austen: the Complete Novels in One Sitting by Jennifer Kasius
Short on time? This small, beautifully illustrated book is called Jane Austen: The Complete Novels in One Sitting. It is a compilation of Jane’s six books which are efficiently organized in this compact little book which you can read in one sitting, or dip in and out at your leisure. It would make a great gift.
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