“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 below-stairs 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. Download and start listening now!