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Longbourn by Jo Baker

But then, when you read on, you come upon another letter to someone else, in which she gripes about the unrealistic niece, the messy book, and the bother of it all. Working for the Bennet’s since their nuptials, she has seen it all, uo through it all with them.

Both books are thus set at the bqker time and place – Hertfordshire, England, at the turn of the 19th century. Baker favours excess over subtlety in her descriptions as well as her plotting, and sometimes Longbourn feels oversaturated.

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It gives life and personality to the nameless, silent cast who ensure that the untidy Lydia is presentable at Meryton, who ensure that food is on the table when Bingley comes to visit, who wait in the rain to bring the ladies home after a ball. The author is good at writing except for some places that had lengthy and very detailed descriptions. There is a lovely humanity in this, along with an understanding of the way innocence has a tendency to thwart the uprisings of the young.


Yet there are lovely moments, where she inhabits the mind of a girl whose entire experience is domestic. For instance, she insists on following the heavily trod trodden? Don’t have a Kindle? After Colin Firth is it possible to have too much Darcy? Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. To ask other readers questions about Longbournplease sign up. Mr Hill- The aging butler who isn’t able to fulfill his duties quite as much as he used to when he was a younger man.

But once they meet him, rather than laugh at his ridiculousness, they feel pity and sympathy towards him and his lack of understanding and guidance. But do we really need to know about Elizabeth Bennet’s monthly courses – I think the all round answer is a firm no.

Want to Read saving…. First of all, there’s a terrible sexual awakening subplot. This Pride and Prejudice will never set our pulses racing. While this soundbyte selling point makes it simple for publishers and booksellers, we think it has done the authoress a disservice. Baker tweaks a smidgen of backstory, but largely eschews Austen’s creations in favor of her own. As the books goes on, it just gets more offensive for me.

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This book would stand with the best of them. Yes, somewhat, it’s just that then it is a novel in a genre that I almost never enjoy.

Baker won me over, however, with Longbourn’s enigmatic footman, James Smith. She has also written for Baaker Radio 4, and her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies. She lives in Lancaster, England. See all 1, reviews. Sarah felt herself fade. Just a couple of generations back, my family were servants.


Working from five in the morning to eleven at night, callouses and chilblains on your hands, never-ceasing list of chores and duties — Jo Baker did a remarkable job of depicting the life of a gentry servant. Knightley’s Diary,” “Colonel Brandon’s Diary,” etc. Where do I start? I usually avoid Pride and Prejudice sequels, prequels, mashups, and detective novels, because no one gets Austen’s sardonic wit, no one.

Darcy’s response to them didn’t ring true.

It might be the greatest idea since some genius combined chocolate and peanut butter. No doubt about it, being a servant back then was back-breaking longborn. I came to Pride and Prejudice late in the game.

Buy the selected items together This item: Add in a young wanderer, James Smith, who is hired to do odd jobs including driving the family about and serving the meals, and you have the cast of characters.

Some pretty yucky war stuff and intimacy. Bu I usually avoid Pride and Prejudice sequels, prequels, mashups, and detective novels, because no one gets Austen’s sardonic wit, no one.

Read it Forward Read it first. This is a genuinely fresh perspective on the tale of the Bennet household. View all 12 comments. Marriage and money was of concern to all, those upstairs as well as those downstairs, albeit on different scales. It was a very unpleasant reading experience. Read more Read less. Write a customer review. Collins, the future landlord.