On 16th December is going to be 248 years since the birth of my favourite author, Jane Austen. Born in 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire, where her father served as the rector, she was the seventh of eight children and she became one of the most famous authors in English literature thanks to her novels full of incredible characters, irony, and her commentary and critique on the English landed gentry.

Her novels were published anonymously during her life and received some success and are now considered timeless classics: Sense and Sensibility was first published in 1811, followed by Pride and Prejudice in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814, and Emma in 1816. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published posthumously in 1817, right after her death, with a letter from her brother Henry that revealed her identity as the author.

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Pride and Prejudice is, without any doubt, my favourite book. I first read it when I was in high school and, since then, I read it multiple times and I own multiple editions. The growing relationship between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, social class, drama, always keep me engrossed.

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”

Emma is my second favourite novel. The development of the heroine is well-crafted and I always enjoy reading about the gossip and match-making going on in Highbury.

More than 200 years later Jane Austen is still one of the most read authors in the world, with millions of copies sold, multiple adaptations, and societies, museums, and clubs dedicated to her and her novels and I am one of her biggest fans.