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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Austen in August 2018 Group Read: LONGBOURN by Jo Baker!

Alright, it's official: though Sanditon (my beloved Sanditon (but only this version)) gave it a run for its money at the end, the winner of the poll for this year's AIA group read is LONGBOURN by Jo Baker!

If you haven't already read it, grab a copy and get to reading, so you can discuss it with the rest of us devoted Janeites during Austen in August!

Discussion questions will go up during AIA -- hope to chat with you soon!
And if you'd like to see a Twitter chat devoted to this year's read, let me know in the comments!


LONGBOURN by Jo Baker


• 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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