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Longbourn A Novel of Pride and Prejudice Below Stairs by Jo Baker
  

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Domestic life below stairs, ruled tenderly and forcefully by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman smelling of the sea, and bearing secrets. For in Georgian England, there is a world the young ladies in the drawing room will never know, a world of poverty, love, and brutal war.

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Synopsis

Longbourn A Novel of Pride and Prejudice Below Stairs by Jo Baker

If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields. It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah's hands are chapped and bleeding.

Reviews

'Jo Baker gives us the story from the servants perspectives and pulls off the seemingly impossible: a completely fresh take on Jane Austen. Utterly engrossing.' Guardian ONES TO WATCH

'Just enough Darcy to delight, as well as being a fascinating insight into the harsh working conditions of life in a grand house 200 years ago' Good Housekeeping

'Debut novelist Jo Baker takes the reader on a journey back to a version of Regency England that is as much about poverty and war as social comedy and romance' Metro

'So compelling it leaves you wanting to read the next chapter in the lives below stairs rather than peer at the reflections of any grand party in the mirrors of Netherfield' Daily Express GREAT READS

'Pride and Prejudice reimagined as a mysterious manservant stirs up passions in the Bennet household both upstairs and down' Woman and Home

'Captivating and delicious. A brilliantly imagined and lovingly told story about the wide world beyond the margins and outside the parlours of Pride and Prejudice' Maggie Shipstead, author of SEATING ARRANGEMENTS

'A novelist with a gift for intimate and atmospheric storytelling' Financial Times

'Some writers let you know you're in safe hands from the start, and Jo Baker is one of them.' Independent

'A versatile and talented writer .. places Jo Baker at the top end of the list of emerging British literary talent' Time Out

'Sequels and prequels rarely add to the original, but Baker's simple yet inspired reimagining does. It has best-seller stamped all over it' Kirkus

About the Author

Jo Baker

Jo Baker was educated at Oxford and Queen's University, Belfast. She lives in Lancaster with her husband and their two children. She is the author of the bestselling Longbourn, which is due to be made into a film. Her latest novel is inspired by the life of Samuel Beckett.

Author photo © Ed Marshall, Time Out , Camera Press London

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Book Info

Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Jo Baker

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Format

Hardback

Categories

Romantic Fiction
Historical Fiction


ISBN

9780857522016

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