Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born on 16th December 1775, at Steventon, Hampshire, in England. She had 6 brothers and 1 sister. Jane started writing when she was only 12 years old. Her first book, Sense and Sensibility, was published in 1811. This was quite special because at that time there weren’t many women writers. Jane mainly wrote about people who were rich and had land. The heroines of her books talk about growing up, music, dancing, romance and finding a husband. In total Jane Austen published six books and five of those are available as Macmillan Readers.

Northanger AbbeyNorthanger Abbey


Jane Austen’s light-hearted and witty novel is the story of a pretty young woman who is looking for a rich and and handsome husband! Set in the 1800s.

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Anne Elliot falls in love with a handsome young officer, Frederick Wentworth, but her parents do not allow her to marry him because he is poor. Seven years later, Anne meets Wentworth again to find he has become successful and wealthy. Anne still has feelings for Wentworth, but he is angry with her and possibly in love with another woman…

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One of Jane Austen’s finest works. Emma is the story of a wealthy and beautiful girl whose favourite hobby is matchmaking. But when she tries to bring her friend Harriet together with Mr Elton, a young widower, the results are disastrous. Emma is the amusing and wonderful story of a young woman’s journey towards self-knowledge and true love.

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Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice

Everybody knows that a rich unmarried man needs a pretty wife. And every mother wants her daughters to be happily married.

This much-filmed and highly popular romantic comedy has been retold to give the reader an opportunity to understand and enjoy the witty dialogue and sharp observations of one of the classic romances in English literature.

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Sense and SensibilitySense and Sensibility

After the death of her husband, Mrs Dashwood and her three daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, find they must leave Norland Park and move to a small cottage. There, Marianne falls in love with the dashing but unreliable Willoughby, while Elinor pines for Edward Ferrars, the young man she has been forced to leave behind…

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