Two hundred years after Jane Austen’s death, Britain is celebrating one of its best-loved author, the author of classic novels – Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility – had only just become known when she died on July 18, 1817, aged 41. But her six novels, dissecting the lives of 19th century rural aristocracy, have since sold millions of copies, led to film adaptations and even spawned a zombie spin-off. She has inspired countless other authors, from Virginia Woolf, who praised her “genius”, to Helen Fielding of the best-selling Bridget Jones series. Last week the Bank of England issued a new 10 note bearing Austen’s image, during this year of special events including walks through her native Hampshire in southern England and exhibitions about her life. Part of Austen’s appeal rests on her depiction of a romanticized England with love affairs, tea and parties in the glorious surroundings of sprawling stately homes.