By (author) Jo Baker

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  • Publisher: Bantam Books Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 228mm x 34mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0804121141
  • ISBN 13: 9780804121149
  • Edition: Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: large type edition
  • Sales rank: 297,867

Product 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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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

"Captivating and delicious. A brilliantly imagined and lovingly told story about the wide world beyond the margins and outside the parlors of "Pride and Prejudice"." --Maggie Shipstead, author of "Seating Arrangements"