Jane Austen is the top - selling classic author, and Real Reads brings all six of her novels to a new audience. ‘A brilliant achievement!’ wrote the reviewer for Austenblog.
‘These lively, attractive little volumes are ideal. Charmingly presented and skilfully written, they capture the flavour and tone of Jane Austen’s peerless craft while simplifying the narrative and dialogue. Even as a purist, I think these Real Reads are a Real Help for the younger, novice reader.’
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Austen 6-book boxed set
What a treat! All six Real Reads Jane Austen titles in a smart, tidy box, and at the special price of just £24.99. Now you can be the best-read Austen fan on the block with the most enjoyment and the least effort.
Find out why Elizabeth says no to Darcy, how Marianne and Elinor come to understand the balance between sense and sensibility, all about Emma’s scheming and Catherine’s gothic fantasies, how Anne is persuaded against her better judgement, and how Fanny overcomes her rejections at Mansfield Park.
These books provide children with a wonderful introduction to Jane Austen, and are equally good for their parents who simply want a ‘quick fix’ of Austen for themselves. The ‘taking things further’ section at the back is a great idea.Donna Lodge, Jane Austen Centre, Bath
Pride and Prejudice
‘You are the last man in the world I would marry.’
Why does spirited, lively Elizabeth Bennet so rudely reject the proposal of the handsome, rich Mr Darcy? What could he possibly have done to offend her?
Elizabeth is proud of her ability to judge others; Mr Darcy is proud of his family name. When their social worlds collide, feelings run high.
Misunderstandings, poor judgement and wicked lies bring danger to the Bennet family. Can broken hearts be mended?
Can hurtful words be forgiven? Can the Bennets be drawn back from the brink of disgrace?
Will Elizabeth’s prejudice and Darcy’s pride be the ruin of them both?
Sense and Sensibility
Marianne is ablaze with fire and passion; Elinor keeps her own heat under control.
Marianne seeks a man who shares her eager spirit; Elinor is in love with the polite, considerate Edward Ferrars.
Their younger sister Margaret watches in bewilderment as Marianne and Elinor experience the joys and heartaches of early adult life. Is Marianne too warm or is Elinor too cold? Whose example should Margaret follow?
Margaret records the dangers presented by scheming friends and deceitful lovers. Will Elinor’s sense be strong enough to support both sisters, or will Marianne’s sensibility bring tragedy?
What will you learn as you read Margaret’s account?
‘I must warn you that you might guess twenty things without guessing correctly.’
Following her governess’s marriage, wealthy, spoilt Emma Woodhouse seeks new company and new amusement. Ignoring the warnings of her friend Mr Knightley, she begins a series of terrible blunders.
Through letters to her sister, the author presents the reader with puzzles to confuse even the best detective. Who sent the mystery piano? Why is Mr Elton so charming and Miss Fairfax so reserved? How many men can Harriet love? Who is hiding a shocking secret?
With little understanding of her own feelings, can Emma lead anyone towards happiness? Can you solve any of the mysteries before Emma does?
The time has come for an unlikely heroine to have a real adventure.
Catherine Morland has little experience of the world. When a neighbour takes her to visit the fashionable city of Bath, her naiveté leaves her vulnerable. Who should Catherine trust? Whose friendship is genuine and whose will be harmful?
Catherine’s adventure becomes sinister when she visits Northanger Abbey. What is hidden in the locked cabinet? Why are the General’s children afraid of him? What terrible secrets does he keep in his dead wife’s bedroom?
Guided only by the gothic horror stories she so loves reading, Catherine stumbles through her adventures. Will hers be a happy ending? Will she find a hero to share her ‘happily ever after’?
‘Your little cousin cannot help being dull and stupid.’
At the tender age of ten, Fanny Price moves from her poor family home to live with her wealthy cousins at Mansfield Park. Settling into this proud family is only the first of many challenges she will have to face. Can Fanny, uneducated and inexperienced, win any respect or love, or will the spiteful Mrs Norris turn everybody against her?
When plays, balls and marriage proposals challenge Fanny’s judgement, will she be strong enough to do what is right? When jealousy, duty and flattery challenge Fanny’s heart, will it be strong enough to guide her towards true love?
Just how strong is Fanny Price?
After eight years of heartache, can anyone love again?
Eight years ago, Anne Elliot was persuaded that her family’s honour was more important than her own happiness. She has suffered ever since. Now the man she turned away has returned.
Can Captain Wentworth forgive Anne, or will he be charmed instead by the beautiful Louisa? Will Anne be persuaded to marry her cousin, or will she find the strength to follow her heart?
The extravagance of Anne’s foolish father, the greedy plotting of false friends, and a near-fatal accident bring danger into Anne’s safe world. Their hearts assailed by resentment, regrets and rivals, can Anne and Captain Wentworth now reach across the void that separates them to love each other again?
© Real Reads 2013