Jo Baker

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Narrated By: Emma Fielding

Duration: 13 hours and 29 minutes

What to expect

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.


Modern and contemporary fiction, Historical fiction

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Jo Baker gives us the story from the servants' perspectives and pulls off the seemingly impossible: a completely fresh take on Jane Austen. Utterly engrossing.


Captivating and delicious. A brilliantly imagined and lovingly told story about the wide world beyond the margins and outside the parlours of Pride and Prejudice

Maggie Shipstead, author of SEATING ARRANGEMENTS

THE PICTURE BOOK: A sweeping drama with real emotional depth

Daily Mail

A novelist with a gift for intimate and atmospheric storytelling

Financial Times

A versatile and talented writer .. places Jo Baker at the top end of the list of emerging British literary talent