Born some 242 years ago in 1775, December 16th marks the birthday of cherished novelist Jane Austen.

Known around the world for her six major novels, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, Austen’s writing is a triumph of clever wit and sparkling dialogue. Famous for her subtle humour, biting irony and her realistic perception of the society in which she lived, Austen was quite unlike anyone else of her time.

Although her resting place is in Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, Austen was memorialised here at Westminster Abbey on 17 December 1967, with a polished roman stone tablet provided by the Jane Austen Society and placed in Poets Corner, adjacent to Shakespeare’s memorial.

Jane Austen passed away at the age of only 41, in 1817. Today, 200 years later, readers young and old are still delighted by her storytelling and the characters she created. We are even lucky now to see her novels brought to life on the big screen.

This Christmas season at the Westminster Abbey Shop, you’ll find a selection of her best-loved novels, collectors’ items and recipe books inspired by her tales, all of which will make the perfect gift for the Jane Austen fan.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Arguably one of Austen’s best loved novels, this romantic and comedic tale follows our headstrong protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, as she navigates the errors of making hasty judgements, the inaccuracy of first impressions, and learns how to appreciate the superficial and the essential.

This hardback book, from Macmillan Collector's Library, has been gorgeously illustrated by the celebrated Hugh Thomson.




British Writers Metal Bookmark Set

Never again lose the page while reading your favourite Jane Austen classic with these wonderful metal bookmarks.  This set includes four stainless steel bookmarks:  Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë and William Shakespeare.



Tea with Jane Austen 

Tea with Jane Austen

At the centre of almost every social situation in Jane Austen’s novels, one finds tea.  Here for the first time is a book that shares the secrets of one of her favourite rituals. Each chapter includes a description of how tea was taken at a particular place or time of day, along with history, recipes, excerpts from Austen's novels and letters and illustrations from the time.





Tea with Jane Austen

Inspired by the novels and letters of Jane Austen, this collection of cakes, bakes and pastries is based on authentic recipes from the Regency era, which have been fully updated for modern-day cooks. Recipes featured in the book include: English Muffins, based on the muffins served with after-dinner tea in 'Pride and Prejudice'; Buttered Apple Tart as offered by Mr. Woodhouse to Miss Bates in 'Emma'; and Jumbles, inspired by the biscuits enjoyed by Fanny in 'Mansfield Park'.



Tea with Jane Austen Book


 Jane Austen Mini Bust

Jane Austen Mini Bust

This wonderful mini bust of Jane Austen has been made in the UK from British Gypsum Plaster, and features the famous opening lines from her novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ – ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife'.




Jane Austen Dip Pen Writing Set

Feel inspired to write like Jane Austen with this Dip Pen writing set, featuring a classic ink dip pen and a range of alternative nibs for different effects. Use with a pot of ink perfectly designed for Dip Pens and even Quills.


Jane Austen Dip Pen Writing Set


Are you a fan of Jane Austen? Have you had the chance to visit her memorial at Westminster Abbey? We would love to hear which are your favourite Jane Austen stories and characters; let us know in the comment section below.