Jane Austen was born in December 1775 at Steventon in Hampshire. She was one of eight children and began to write as a teenager. At the time of her father's death in 1805 the family were living in Bath, Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother moved several times before settling in Chawton. Her first novel, "Sense and Sensibility", was published in 1811, followed by "Pride and Prejudice", "Mansfield Park" and "Emma" in 1816.
After her death two further novels, "Persuasion" and "Northanger Abbey" were published posthumously with the final novel Sanditon, left incomplete. All of Jane Austen's novels were published anonymously.