Longbourn by Jo Baker: Pride and Prejudice from downstairs at the Bennets

A true pleasure to read, Jo Baker takes the storyline from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and creates a detailed and convincing world from the perspective of the servants in the Bennet household. Most of the characters are actually mentioned, albeit in passing, in the original story. And when the Bennets go to a party in the Austen novel, the servants at Longbourn help them get dressed. When the Bennets entertain it is the cook and the parlour maids whom prepare the meals and clean the house. The novel offers a real sense of the terrifyingly precarious position of the servants during this era and also addresses the horrors of the slave trade. Baker’s prose is nearly as pleasing as Jane Austen’s and fans of the latter will surely enjoy this read.

“>You can buy it from Amazon.ca here.


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