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David’s Book Club: Novelist, Jo Baker talks about her new book, Longbourn at Letchworth Arts Centre

David’s Book Club: Novelist, Jo Baker talks about her new book, Longbourn at Letchworth Arts Centre

  • Jun 02, 2014 - 19:30 pm
  • The Letchworth Arts Centre

“A triumph: a splendid tribute to Austen’s original but, more importantly, a joy in its own right, a novel that contrives both to provoke the intellect and, ultimately, to stop the heart.” - Guardian

“If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields.”

It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah’s hands are chapped and bleeding. Domestic life below stairs, ruled tenderly and forcefully by Mrs. Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman smelling of the sea, and bearing secrets. For in Georgian England, there is a world the young ladies in the drawing room will never know, a world of poverty, love, and brutal war. In Longbourn, Jo Baker gives respectful voice to those characters whom we have previously met only in passing on the stairs or through commentary and dialogue from Austen’s much loved Bennet family.

Jo Baker was born and grew up in Lancaster, and educated at Oxford and Belfast. Formerly a bookseller, she lives in Lancaster with her husband and two children aged ten and five. Her own family was in service, a fact that led Jo to considering the original idea for this novel. Longbourn is to be published internationally and is due to be made into a film produced by Focus Features.

Entrance is by buying the new paperback from David’s for £7.99 (published January 2014) in advance. This will reserve a place and allows attendees to read the book prior the event so that it can be discussed on the evening.