Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Persuasion was the last novel Jane Austen completed, and it didn’t appear in print until 1818 after she had passed away. It’s also shorter than most of her other novels, and some critics think that, because she wrote the novel while she was sick with the disease that would eventually kill her, she didn’t expand and polish Persuasion as much as she would have if she had been in good health. The novel was well-received in the early 19th century. Greater fame came later in the century, continued in the 20th century, and through to the 21st century. The first edition of Persuasion was co-published with the previously unpublished Northanger Abbey in late December 1817, as the second two volumes of a four-volume set, with a preface for the first time publicly identifying Austen as the author of all her novels. In Persuasion, Anne Elliot, daughter of the snobbish Sir Walter Elliot, is a woman of quiet charm and deep feelings. When she was nineteen she fell in love with - and was engaged to - a naval officer, the fearless and headstrong Captain Wentworth. But the young man had no fortune, and Anne allowed herself to be persuaded to give him up. Now, eight years later, Wentworth has returned to the neighbourhood, a rich man and still unwed. You can listen online to free English audiobook “Persuasion” by Jane Austen on our website.