It’s hard to believe that well over 200 years after their first publication, the six novels written by Jane Austen are probably more popular now than they ever were. And it’s not just because they are on the school curriculum or that they are perfect for transposing on to the big screen.

What makes her novels so popular is Jane’s wit, sparkling dialogue and keen observation of ordinary life. Whether it’s describing the dresses ladies wore to a ball, or who danced with whom and for how long, she could capture the ordinary and make it extraordinary.