Persuasion by Jane Austen

One of My Favourite Books

Title: Persuasion
Author: Jane Austen
Published: 1818 (posthumously)
Publisher: John Murray
Why?: I love a Jane Austen novel where I’m not following a flighty young girl who likes to go on adventures and marries rich men. Not to say that I don’t enjoy P&P, S&S or NA (I’ve not read Emma) I just didn’t enjoy them nearly as much. Anne Elliot is Austen’s oldest protagonist, at the age of 19 she is persuaded to end her engagement to Wentworth. When Wentworth returns nine years later – a wealthy Captain – Anne must suffer in his presence as they find themselves in the same social circles. The love story is beautiful, and his love letter to her heartbreaking, but that’s not why I adore this book. Anne ends the novel a better version of herself, happier and braver than she was before. She stops being the girl who can is easily influenced and ends the woman who can take control (as much control as the 1800s allow) of her life.

What is your/one of your favourite book(s)?

2 thoughts on “One of My Favourite Books

  1. Persuasion hasn’t (yet) kicked in for me. I’ve read it a couple of times, and it’s fine, but it doesn’t make me laugh as consistently as Emma, and I don’t feel as fond of the characters as I do in Pride and Prejudice. But I bet one of these days I’ll reread it and love it — that’s what eventually happened with Emma.

    One of my favorite books: May not be my absolute top number one favorite, but I often claim it as a favorite because I feel like I have to love it extra because nobody else has heard of it. Eloise Jarvis McGraw’s Greensleeves. SUCH a good book about figuring out who you’re going to be as an adult.


    1. It’s pretty hit and miss for most people I know, a bit like Marmite – you either love it or you hate it. It took me years to love Mansfield Park, I think there is a Jane Austen book for every point of growing as a person.

      I shall look out for Greensleeves, I think I may have heard of it before.


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