“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
Oh, Jane Austen, how I love you. One thing I adore about Jane Austen is her honesty. Seriously, she was so far ahead of her time in the feminist movement it’s unbelievable. All of her books are wonderful, but if you aren’t a fan of old English start with Pride and Prejudice. If you’ve already read it then don’t stop there. Austen is known for more than just one book. Try Sense and Sensibility, or Persuasion, or Emma. You won’t be disappointed.
Here’s a link to a site discussing her books and the novels she inspired with her writing.