• 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.
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"Inspired...Baker has written an intoxicating love story but, also like Austen, the pleasure of her novel lies in its wit and fierce intelligence. Longbourn is a profound exploration of injustice, of poverty and dependence, of loyalty...a novel that contrives both to provoke the intellect and, ultimately, to stop the heart" ( 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)
"This clever glimpse of Austen's universe clouded by washday steam is so compelling it leaves you wanting to read the next chapter in the lives below stairs" ( 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)
"Superb... The lightest of touches by a highly accomplished young writer" ( Mail on Sunday)
"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)
"Splendid...Baker's imaginative leaps are stunningly well done both historically (the scenes set at the siege of Corunna are terrific) and emotionally...What a great film it will make (the rights sold early); the well-loved novel shaken up and given the grit which Jane Austen could never include." ( Evening Standard)
"A must-read for fans of Jane Austen, this literary tribute also stands on its own as a captivating love story" ( Publisher's Weekly)
"An Austen lover has the satisfaction of matching the novels chapter for chapter. Lovely." ( Observer)
" Longbourn is a fantastic feat of imagination, unflinching in its portrayal of war and the limitations of life for a servant - a novel you will want to shelve with the original classics you plan to read again and again." ( Psychologies)
"To twist something so familiar into something quite fresh is impressive.Baker takes ownership of this world without mimicking Austen's style, asserting instead her own distinctive, authentic voice. Longbourn is not just nicely packaged fan fiction, or an Austenian Downton Abbey; it's an engrossing tale we neither know nor expect." ( Daily Telegraph)
What bravery to take Pride And Prejudice as the springboard for a new novel! Bravery or, in the wrong hands, foolishness.
However, in relating Jane Austen's best-loved tale from the perspective of the Bennet family's servants, Jo Baker takes a fresh angle on a story that millions of diehard fans know inside out." ( Sunday Express)
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice below stairs - the story of romance, intrigue, and drama among the servants of the Bennet household
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Book Description Random House Large Print, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. large print edition. 486 pages. 9.25x6.00x1.25 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0804121141
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Book Description Random House Large Print, 2013. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Masterful . . . From the same stream that fed Austen''s literary imagination, Baker has drawn forth something entirely new and fresh." -- Miami Herald "If you are a Jane Austen fan with a pronounced predilection for Pride and Prejudice, you will devour Jo Baker''s ingenious Longbourn as the ambrosia from the Austen gods it is . . . It''s an idea that could have felt derivative or sycophantic in its execution, and yet the novel is rich, engrossing, and filled with fascinating observation . . . Dive in and you might even forget to watch Downton Abbey. " -- O magazine "An absorbing and moving story about the servants at Longbourn . . . Both original and charming, even gripping . . . If Charlotte Bront had taken up the challenge of a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, she might very well have hit upon the sort of broader, more sympathetic point of view Jo Baker has derived from the servants'' quarters." --Diane Johnson, New York Times Book Review " Longbourn is a bold novel, subversive in ways that prove surprising, and brilliant on every level. This is a masterful twist on a classic . . . Much more than a frothy, Downton Abbey -like twist on Austen. This novel is moving, filled with suspense, and impressive for the sympathy with which it explores the drudgery of the servants'' lives, as well as their heartaches. That said, there''s plenty of Austen-worthy wit too." -- USA Today "Delightful . . . The achievement of Baker''s reworking is that Sarah is no mere foil for Elizabeth Bennet; her notions of individual agency and the pursuit of happiness push more forcefully against the class and social strictures of her time than any character in Austen''s novel. The result is a heroine whom it''s impossible not to root for." -- The New Yorker "A witty, richly detailed re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice . . . Fans of Austen and Downton Abbey will take particular pleasure in Longbourn, but any reader with a taste for well-researched historical fiction will delight in Baker''s involving, informative tale." -- People "A triumph: a splendid tribute to Austen''s original but, more importantly, a joy in its own right . . . Like Austen, Baker has written an intoxicating love story but, also like Austen, the pleasure of her novel lies in its wit and fierce intelligence . . . Baker not only creates a richly imagined story of her own but recasts Austen''s novel in a startlingly fresh light . . . Inspired." -- The Guardian "Diehards who love Jane Austen and Downton Abbey will fan their corseted bosoms while tearing through this novel." -- Entertainment Weekly "Irresistible . . . 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 Reviews (starred) " Longbourn is a really special book, and not only because its author writes like an angel. Its real achievement is to circumnavigate the world of Austen knock-offs and return, like Francis Drake, with a hold full of treasure . . . There are some wildly sad and romantic moments; I was sobbing by the end . . . A beautiful book." -- Daily Mail (UK) " Longbourn is told with glee and great wit, and will delight diehard Austen fans." -- The Daily Beast "Inspired . . . This is a genuinely fresh perspective on the tale of the Bennet household . . . A lot of fun." -- Sunday Times (UK) "Beautifully realized . . . [The characters below stairs] are every bit as absorbing as Lizzy, Wickham, and Darcy." -- The National "A splendid page-turner . . . The much-loved Pride and Prejudice is shaken up and given the grit that Jane Austen could never include--with great success . . . Baker''s imaginative leaps are stunningly well done, both historically and emotionally." -- Evening Standard (UK) "A must-read for fans of Austen, this literary tribute also stands on its own as a captivating love story . . . Baker takes many surprising risks in developing the r. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0804121141
Book Description Random House Large Print, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0804121141
Book Description Random House Large Print, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110804121141