Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram, their two daughters and two sons, are the fortunate residents of Mansfield Park, and they bring Fanny Price, the timid and delicate niece of Lady Bertram to share in their good fortune as a member of the family.
Brought up away from her parents' home in Portsmouth, Fanny soon becomes an indispensable part of the household.
It is her earnest and quiet character which insists on holding fast to what is good during Sir Thomas's absence abroad.
A family theatrical production loosens the social conventions which normally govern the household and dangerous alliances threaten the stability of the family.
In Fanny's steadfastness is her reward but not before enduring a good deal of misery...Frances Barber reads Jane Austen's classic novel, complete and unabridged.