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    Description- "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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    Title
    Longbourn
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jo Baker
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780804121149
    ISBN 10: 0804121141
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    DC21: 823.92
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: FV
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: FH
    Libri: I-FH
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ERLY18
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 14
    BIC subject category V2: FRH
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T Approval Code: P25208000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 69
    DC22: 823/.92
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: LP
    BISAC V2.8: FIC027070
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000, FIC019000
    LC classification: PR6102.A57 L66 2013D
    Edition
    Large type / large print
    Edition statement
    large type edition
    Publisher
    Random House Large Print Publishing
    Imprint name
    Random House Large Print Publishing
    Publication date
    08 October 2013
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    A Best Book of the Year Selection: "New York Times "100 Notable, "Seattle Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Kirkus Reviews" "Masterful . . . From the same stream that fed Austen's literary imagination, Baker has drawn forth something entirely new and fresh." --"Miami Herald" "Happily, "Longbourn "is no mere riff but a fully imagined rejoinder to "Price and Prejudice " . . . Austen would have appreciated Baker's bracing rewrite from the underdog's point of view." --"Newsday" "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 "Intelligent and elegantly written . . . "Longbourn "reveals these messy backdrops [of "Pride and Prejudice"]""while still, in fitting tribute, inventing a touching love story of its own." --"Wall Street Journal " "An absorbing and moving story about the servants at Longbourn . . . Both original and charming, even gripping . . . If Charlotte Bronte 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" "D