Jane Austen at St. Mary's Books

Welcome to St. Mary's dedicated Jane Austen category; here you'll find a wealth of titles written by the legendary Hampshire-born author.
We're lucky enough to now stock the single complete set of Austen’s early editions available worldwide - and that includes the only first edition of Pride and Prejudice up for sale in the U.K. 
You can read more about this rather stunning acquisition by clicking on the news article to the right.

"Austen is one of the biggest literary figures in English,” said Woloch, chair of the Department of English. "At this point, she is somewhat like Shakespeare, her centrality is so established.”

Pride and Prejudice, Austen’s most popular work, exemplifies the qualities of her storytelling.

"Pride and Prejudice has transcended the novel form and become a modern myth,” Redmond said. "Had Austen written only that work, we could still speak of her as having dramatically increased the depth and resolution of English prose.”

- Above text taken with acknowledgement and thanks from ‘Stanford literary scholars reflect on Jane Austen’s legacy’ (Stanford News, 2017).

Browse our range of Austen's works by clicking the categories below.
Whether you're after a landmark set of first and second editions, the likes of which not seen elsewhere in the country, or a simple reading copy of one of the UK's favourite novels, you'll find it here.

Did you know?

  • Austen was alive during the publishing of three out of four of the novels we’re currently offering.
  • By the time Austen was 23, she had already began work on the drafts of her future novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey.
  • Austen brewed her own 'spruce beer'.
  • In 1802, whilst in her late 20s, Austen briefly accepted a proposal only to rescind it the next morning. Neither she nor her sister would ever marry.
  • In 1926, Rudyard Kipling wrote a entitled The Janeites, in which WWI soldiers form a Masonic Lodge based on their shared love for Austen's novels.

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