• Reading Levels 3 - 5


Persuasion was Austen’s last novel, and is considered to be one of her most stylistically mature works. The classic love story centres on Anne Elliot, an unmarried 27-year-old woman who is forced to move to Bath with her family after a bout of extravagant spending puts their finances on the line. There, she crosses paths with an old love: the 31-year-old Captain Wentworth, with whom she was forced to break off a proposal seven years earlier due to his low social status. The newly successful Wentworth, who has won prominence fighting against France in the Napoleonic WarsA series of wars (between 1803 and 1815) between the French Empire under Napoleon and differing European powers. , throws Anne into a tailspin of emotion, and the two grapple with their enduring feelings for each other. The novel was adapted into a sparkling, part-modernised Netflix film in 2022, proving its appeal to modern audiences.

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