Longbourn

By Jo Baker
(Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780385351232, 352pp.)

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2013 Indie Next List
“This is the very enjoyable 'downstairs' version of Pride and Prejudice -- the lives of maids, housekeepers, and footmen at the Longbourn estate. Even Jane Austen herself would be enthralled with this tale filled with fully realized characters, a very romantic plot, and tantalizing glimpses of all our favorite literary figures. I savored each and every moment and I trust you will too!”
-- Mary Toni, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2013 Indie Next List


Description

Pride and Prejudice was only half the story •
 
If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.
 
In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic—into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars—and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own. 




About the Author
Jo Baker was educated at Oxford and now lives in Belfast where she runs the Belfast Literary Festival. This is her first novel.
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