With an essay by Elizabeth Bowen
'Her attachment and regrets had, for a long time, clouded every enjoyment of youth; and an early loss of bloom and spirits had been their lasting effect'
Persuasion, Jane Austen's last novel, is a moving, masterly and elegiac love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities. It tells the story of Anne Elliot, who, persuaded to break off her engagement to the man she loved because he was not successful enough, has never forgotten him. When he returns, he brings with him a tantalizing second chance of happiness ...
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You may have watched a dozen TV and film adaptations but have you read the books? We asked Austen super-fan, Anna James to share her guide to which novel to start with first.
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English darling of literature Jane Austen is best known for her novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma. Her incredible writing is known for its humour, realism and irony and has been adored by readers around the globe since her untimely death aged 41 in 1887. Here are ten Austen quotes that capture her perfectly.