Jane Austen was born today in the year 1775 whose legacy continues to live on through her books due to its universal appeal across generations. Jane Austen books have unparalleled popularity among the literary romance classics. Austen’s books are set in 19th Century England and have continued to be in print since her death in 1817. Jane Austen’s romance novels have never waned in popularity and most of them have been adapted into films of every kind, including vlogs.

Jane Austen’s novels have also inspired several popular variations of novels, an industry in itself some of which have also met with great success and have been successful film adaptations. The most popular book among them is ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ inspired by ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Jane Austen’s writing is admired for its witty style, dialogues, degree of realism and social commentary.

Jane Austen is honoured on Britain’s 10 pound tactile note introduced in 2017. Here, are 5 must read Jane Austen books.


Persuasion is the last novel to be completed by Jane Austen and was published six months after her death. Persuasion narrates the story of love between Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth who meet years later after Anne reject’s him due to his poor social standing. Years later, Anne meets him again and Wentworth is successful. The underlying theme of the book is about getting second chance at love.
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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is the most famous romance book of Jane Austen which continues to inspire new novels and movies. Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice presents the turbulent love story between the reserved Darcy and the lively Elizabeth who come from different social standings. The proud Mr. Darcy continues to be the most attractive romantic hero for generations of women ever since.
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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility tells the story of the Dashwood sisters who fall into impoverished times. Elinor and Marianne Dashwood represent the sense and sensibility traits respectively. The book narrates the fact that it is important to behave with sense and to not find oneself swayed by the excess use of sensibility.
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Emma tells the story of Emma Woodhouse, a young woman who is over confident about her matchmaking abilities that only leads to confusions. The book’s protagonist comes across as flawed but innocent who is very meddlesome in other’s lives. Emma’s feelings for Mr. Knightley makes her realize her flaws. Mr. Knightley is considered by many as the best male protagonist of all Jane Austen’s novels.
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Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park depicts the story of Fanny Price, a poor girl who goes to live with her rich relatives as a child at Mansfield Park. Fanny Price is definitely the quietest of Jane Austen’s heroines who is secretly in love with her cousin, Edmund Bertram. The elegant wit associated with other heroines maybe found missing in Fanny’s character but one can feel for Fanny in being separated from her own family, while being ignored in the new house.
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The sixth novel of Jane Austen is Northanger Abbey. Jane Austen’s novels are popular worldwide for its romantic content but the books also provide a commentary and understanding of the social mores in the British landed gentry during the 18th century.