Jane Austen

Romantic, witty, acerbic and endlessly popular, Jane Austen’s novels are amongst the most revered, relevant and consistently readable novels in English Literature. Subtly different in tone, they range from the Gothic satire of Northanger Abbey, the drama of Pride and Prejudice and the razor-sharp observation of Emma to the poignancy and tenderness of Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Persuasion.

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A stunning new Clothbound Classics edition of Jane Austen's tantalizing final work - set to be a major Andrew Davies ITV adaptation this autumn. Written in the last months of Austen's life, Sanditon features a glorious cast of hypochondriacs and speculators in a newly established seaside resort, and shows the author contemplating a changing society with scepticism and amusement. 

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Austen for all

Whether your taste is for classic covers, vintage pastels or innovative design, like the novels themselves, there's an Austen edition for everyone.

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Emma
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Emma
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Northanger Abbey
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Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon
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Love and Freindship
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Gift Editions

Collectable editions of Jane Austen's novels including boxed sets and complete collections featuring original design, leather and fabric covers. Books to keep and treasure.

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Love and Freindship
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Pride and Prejudice
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The Jane Austen Collection
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The Penguin Complete Jane Austen
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Bestselling Jane Austen Biographies and Critical Works

Our selection of new and bestselling books about the life and work of Jane Austen and the world she chronicled.

Jane Austen at Home
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A Secret Sisterhood
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The Genius of Jane Austen
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Jane Austen, the Secret Radical
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Jane Austen
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The Real Jane Austen
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Austen In Other Words - The Austen Project and Audiobook Collections

Want to experience Jane Austen in a different way? Why not delve between the covers of one of The Austen Project's contemporary reworkings of her novels or lose yourself in Austen's world with our favourite audiobook adaptations.
Eligible
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Jane Austen Notecards
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From The Desk Of Jane Austen
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Jane Austen Soap
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Biography

Jane Austen famously claimed that her scope embraced no more than would fit on a ‘little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory’ yet her miniature canvas encompassed a world of social observation, sexual politics, hierarchy, manners and behaviour. In an era when novels were often derided as sentimental nonsense, Austen’s fiction was a delicately barbed art, a pin-sharp tool for puncturing the pomposity of Regency life. 


A Clergyman’s Daughter

Austen was born in 1775 in Steventon in Hampshire, one of eight children growing up in the house of her clergyman father. She started writing as a teenager, the works being collected later in her Juvenilia. After finishing her education at boarding school, Austen returned to the family home and continued to write, penning longer fiction including plays and the epistolary novellas Love and Friendship and Lady Susan, written primarily to amuse her family.


First Impressions

Following her father’s unexpected retirement, the Austen family moved to Bath with Jane spending time in Southampton and Lyme Regis (locations recognisable in her later fiction). During this time she began work on several early drafts of what would become her most famous novels; the first in English to use free indirect speech, allowing characters thoughts and opinions to merge with the author’s narration. These include Eleanor and Marianne (an early version of Sense and Sensibility) and First Impressions, the novel that was to become Pride and Prejudice, as well as a third novel which would become the Gothic satire Northanger Abbey.

After several failed attempts at getting her work published, Austen’s brother Henry approached a publisher Thomas Egerton who published Sense and Sensibility in 1811. The novel was a huge commercial success (although not for Jane herself, the novels being published anonymously) with the first edition selling out completely by 1813. Egerton went on to publish, in quick succession, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma.


Love and Marriage

Jane never married, her short friendship with a neighbour Tom Lefroy when she was twenty was cut short due to their mutual lack of money and although Jane later received an offer of marriage from family friend Harris Bigg-Wither which she initially accepted, she later withdrew her consent.

Jane died at the age of 41, leaving two finished novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion which were published posthumously in the year of her death. Having bought the rights to all of Austen’s novels the publisher Richard Bentley published a collected works in 1833, and since then the novels have never been out of print.

Jane Austen’s novels continue to be amongst the most loved works of English literature, spawning countless stage and screen adaptations as well as literary homages including Barbara Pym’s Jane and Prudence and Curtis Sittenfield’s Eligible. As author Ahdaf Soueif comments "Austen’s genius is that you find in her a true reflection of whatever you, at a particular moment, think is reality."