[Read] ➵ Longbourn Author Jo Baker – Heartforum.co.uk • 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 careful with them In this irresist • 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 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 .
Jo Baker is the author of six novels most recently Longbourn and A Country Road A Tree She has also written for BBC Radio and her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies She lives in Lancaster England with her husband the playwright and screenwriter Daragh Carville and their two children.
- 352 pages
- Jo Baker
- 20 October 2016 Jo Baker