Review: Longbourn by Jo Baker

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Interesting take on life a Longbourn. Jane Austen was not known for getting into the nitty-gritty of daily life.

Jo Baker has written an account of life below stairs that parallels the goings on above stairs at the Bennet home during Pride and Prejudice.

Mr and Mrs Hill and the house maids Sarah and Polly (who’s given name is actually Mary, the Bennets change her name because of Mary Bennet, which rankles Polly), their trials and tribulations working for the Bennets. A servants life was not an easy one. 

Both Sarah and Polly were hired from the local poor house as children to work as house maids for the Bennets. Not an uncommon practice in those days. Though the work  is hard the Hills and Bennets treat them kindly.

Comment: I found this book interesting, but not compelling. Not one that I would read again. More a feeling of social history, an upstairs, downstairs novel.

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