Some years before the story begins, Anne Elliot had been engaged to Frederick Wentworth, a naval officer, but was persuaded by an aunt to break it off. They meet again, Anne still in love with Wentworth, but unable to declare her feelings or deny them by accepting another man’s proposal. Age 12+
Volume the First
From the age of eleven, Jane Austen was writing short pieces of fiction, poetry and drama, often parodying contemporary novels and at times violent and risqué. She copied some of these stories into notebooks – ‘Volumes’ – for family and friends to read. This book presents a photographic facsimile of the first of the three surviving notebooks, offering a rare and sometimes quite shocking introduction to the young Austen, along with an introduction, ‘A Writer’s Apprenticeship’, by Kathryn Sutherland.