Longbourn

by Jo Baker

Random House of Canada | June 17, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Longbourn is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.

The servants take center stage in this irresistibly imagined below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice.
     While Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against her situation in life. And when a mysterious footman arrives at Longbourn, the orderly realm of the servants'' hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.
     Jo Baker reveals lives mentioned only fleetingly in Jane Austen''s classic novel that has captivated the hearts of readers around the world for generations, daring to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Regency England into a vivid, fascinating, fully realized new world.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.94 × 5.18 × 0.78 in

Published: June 17, 2014

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345813618

ISBN - 13: 9780345813619

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you are craving more Austen... As a Jane Austen fan, I was worried I would be disappointed by this book somehow, but thankfully just the opposite was true. It is a great read and a story all it's own. Even if you aren't familiar with Pride and Prejudice (shame on you... ;) ) but maybe are a fan of someone like Kate Morton or the show Downton Abbey - you will definitely enjoy this book!
Date published: 2014-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great compliment to a classic I loved the book pride and prejudice and I loved reading this complimentary book. You do not need to have read the Jane Austen classic but it was fun to essentially reread a condensed version of it all over again while reading Longbourn. I wanted to know the end and enjoyed the classic story that was put together, reminding us of all the behind the scenes work that so many did for the well off in that time. A pleasant read that I would highly recommend
Date published: 2014-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A surprising perspective As I am drawn to all things Austen related, I bought Longbourn wanting to immerse myself in that world once again. This book is a wonderful addition to the Austen world, but it works wonderfully as a stand alone story with vivid characters and a compelling plot. Longbourn offers such a different perspective on the well known characters; it brings the reader into the demanding and hardworking lives of those who live downstairs as they face their own crises and choices. A great read!
Date published: 2014-07-08

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Longbourn

by Jo Baker

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.94 × 5.18 × 0.78 in

Published: June 17, 2014

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345813618

ISBN - 13: 9780345813619

From the Publisher

The servants take center stage in this irresistibly imagined below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice.
     While Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against her situation in life. And when a mysterious footman arrives at Longbourn, the orderly realm of the servants'' hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.
     Jo Baker reveals lives mentioned only fleetingly in Jane Austen''s classic novel that has captivated the hearts of readers around the world for generations, daring to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Regency England into a vivid, fascinating, fully realized new world.

About the Author

JO BAKER was born in Lancashire and educated at Oxford University and Queen''s University Belfast. She is the author of The Undertow, and of 3 earlier novels published in the United Kingdom: Offcomer, The Mermaid''s Child and The Telling. She lives in Lancaster.

Editorial Reviews

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"[A]n elegantly executed twist on the celebrated story. Carefully crafted. It has as much suspense, drama and romance as any Austen fan could hope for, coupled with a smart social commentary on the injustice of poverty and class in 19th century England."
—Chatelaine

"The lives of the 99 percent are described in all of its skin-chafing glory. Baker gives [Sarah and the people like her] their chance to live on the page that should engross both neophyte and veteran Austen readers alike."
—Maclean''s
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