eAudio - unabridged
Audio (13.53 hours)
Product Number: Z100044614
Released: Oct 08, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780804149433
Narrator/s: Emma Fielding
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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.

Author(s): Jo Baker
Awards:2014-New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Oct 08, 2013

All formats/editions

Author(s): Jo Baker
Product Number EB00161568
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780385351249

Professional reviews

"BakerÕs exceptional novel offers an original look at Jane AustenÕs PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and Emma FieldingÕs performance is quietly appealing. While the Bennets, the Bingleys, and the Darcys cavort upstairs in well-appointed drawing rooms, Baker opens up the world below stairs. Fielding turns characters into genuine individualsÑfrom housemaids Sarah and Polly to housekeeper Mrs. Hill, the mysterious newly hired servant, James, and the BingleysÕ black footman, Ptolemy. Sarah is the heart of this tale of morning-to-night drudgery, chilblains, sweat, blood, and backaches. She laments, "If Elizabeth had the washing of her own petticoatsâ she'd most likely be a sight more careful with them." FieldingÕs fine portrayals offer moments of hope and awakening for the characters and, for listeners, bittersweet awareness of SarahÕs life and the lives of her downstairs family. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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