On Sale: October 8, 2013
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Historical | Jane Austen
• 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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