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The last novel completed by Jane Austen before her death, Persuasion is often thought to reflect on the author’s own lost love.

Sir Walter Elliot has raised his three daughters with his own sense of haughty pride. Elizabeth, at twenty-eight, has found no one good enough to marry, while Mary has, with some condescension, married the son of the local squire. The youngest, Anne, was persuaded to throw off her fiancé, Frederick Wentworth, eight years ago due to his lowly station in life. When Wentworth returns from the Napoleonic Wars as a captain of wealth and rank, Anne must confront her remorse and her unrequited love for him as he courts another woman. This is a story of second chances, humility, and the perseverance of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s no one to touch Jane [Austen] when you’re in a tight place.”

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Persuasion...is to me the most profound of her novels, and demonstrates a fresh mastery of Shakespearen inwardness.”

    Harold Bloom

  • “[Austen] is a prose Shakespeare. She has a multitude of characters, all, in a certain sense, commonplace. Yet they are all as perfectly discriminated from each other as if they were the most eccentric of human beings.”

    Thomas Macaulay

  • “Jane Austen’s last work, published posthumously in 1817, is her deepest and most introspective. Austen’s view of the drawing apart and coming together of Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth is both wintry and warm.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “As always, Austen’s storytelling is so confident, you can’t help but allow yourself to be taken on the enjoyable journey.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda Hoover | 2/19/2014

    " One of Jane Austen's best works. Though slower-paced than most of her novels, it is well worth the effort to read. The depth of her character development and her insightful writing is an absolute treat! Also a wonderful re-read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Will | 2/19/2014

    " Dutifully read. Still a Philistine. It's a good thing they are short as I tire quickly and her books begin to sound the same to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Diane Glancey | 2/18/2014

    " This is my favourite of Jane Austen's books. If you haven't read it, then this is a must. It's timeless, and so movingly romantic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/10/2014

    " I'd never read this Jane Austen before. It always takes me a little while to get used to her style of writing, language, etc, and once I do, I become engrossed in the story. This story was especially interesting to gain perspective on not only women's rights and experiences during early 1800 England but also the experiences of the sick during that time (a great portion of the book takes place in Bath). I enjoyed it. "

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