JANUARY 2013: CELEBRATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the shape of husbands, so when Darcy’s friend, the affable Mr Bingley, forms an attachment to Jane, Darcy becomes increasingly hard to avoid. Polite society will be turned upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry and love – Jane Austen's classic romance novel.
· Voted the nation's favourite book by the British public.
· Now a major film starring Keira Knightly.
· Adapted for TV in the well-loved 1995 BBC drama starring Colin Firth.
· If you like this you might like: Sense and Sensibility
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The best-loved book by our best-loved novelist - Independent
The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste - Virginia Woolf
Like Irvine Welsh, I am a great admirer of Jane Austen - Alexander McCall Smith
Another question I've been regularly asked over the past year is what models I had in mind when writing Curious Incident. Was it To Kill a Mockingbird? Was it Catcher in the Rye? In fact, the book most often in my mind was Pride and Prejudice - Mark Haddon
An incredibly funny, very upmarket love story with an enchanting heroine and the perfect romantic hero: a tartar with a heart of gold - Jilly Cooper
The Mozart opera of novels and again a transcendent union of structure and content in which unhappy marriage is the reward for those who show a weakness of character and lifelong happiness is a province reserved only for those 'who truly know themselves' - Kate Atkinson
For those of us who suspect all the mysteries of life are contained in the microcosm of the family, that personal relationships prefigure all else, the work of Jane Austen is the Rosetta Stone of literature - Anna Quindlen
How could these novels ever seem remote...the gaiety is unextinguished today, the irony has kept its bite, the reasoning is still sweet, the sparkle undiminished, as comedies they are irresistibly and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be - Eudora Welty
That young lady has a talent for describing the involvements of feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with - Sir Walter Scott
The most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works - George Saintsbury (1894)
Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16 December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath, then to Southampton and finally to Chawton in Hampshire. She began writing Pride and Prejudice when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions and was initially rejected by the publishers and only published in 1813 after much revision. She published four of her novels in her lifetime, Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were both published posthumously in 1818.