A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2013
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* 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. 

Publisher: Toronto : Random House Audio, p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804149402
Branch Call Number: CD BK BAK
Characteristics: 11 compact discs (13.5 hrs.) :,digital ;,12 cm
Additional Contributors: Fielding, Emma
Austen, Jane 1775-1817


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Jan 24, 2016

I'll never read Austen the same way again. This book has added a new dimension. It takes you into the lives of those that facilitate the decadent lifestyle of the Bennett family and other wealthy families. It makes you realize just how entrenched the class system was at that time in Britain. It's a brilliant idea and the book itself is an engaging read. The narrator has a good range.

Sep 26, 2015

Really lovely writing. Good story. You don't need to know a thing about Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Rich with historical detail on the life of domestic servants and the working poor in early 20th century England. Engaging characters you feel for. Realities of World War I provide interesting backdrop to parts of story. Gorgeous narration by Emma Fielding.

Mar 20, 2015

Die hard Austen fans usually don't like this take on the Bennett family. I like it, as the details of domestic service is well researched & described. The reader is very good without wildly accented characters when changing from one to another. After much research on 'in service' domestics one begins to realize the brutal conditions, the primitive challenges & treatment they endured. Few were well-compensated to a life of drudgery.

mayfairlady Nov 09, 2014

Interesting look at one person's version of what happened below stairs with the Bennett family.

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