Televisual adaptations aside – I’m looking at you Colin Firth – I didn’t really ‘get’ Jane Austen. Her books felt over-written and her characters were annoyingly unrelatable. Persuasion is different. It was rushed into print after her death and was the first to bear her name. Perhaps that’s why I feel it’s closer to her as a writer and a person. It’s real. We’ve all been there. We’ve all loved and lost and had to watch those loves move on. Anne Elliot made a mistake and she’s having her face publicly rubbed in it eight years later. She’s trying to get on with her life whilst silently dying inside. That sucks. Ignore the britches, forget Lizzie Bennet and her smart mouth. Anne Elliot is all of us.