Posted by: Shirley | February 23, 2014

Jo Baker’s Longbourn plus Tea

BOOK: Jo Baker’s Longbourn
WHEN: Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
: The Fat Cat in Quincy
RSVP:  Leave a comment here or on Facebook if you’re coming.

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.


  1. Hi, I’m new to Boston and looking forward to meeting you ladies. Does anyone have a hard copy I can borrow of Longbourn I can borrow? I’m trying to cut down on my book buying but not ready to buy a kindle 🙂

    • Welcome, Diana! I’ll ask our other members on Facebook if anybody has a copy to spare. Whereabouts are you? We’ve got members in Boston, south of Boston, and north of Boston, so it would help to know if they’re close enough to meet up with you. Looking forward to meeting you.

  2. Hi Shirley, Thank you for the welcome! I live in Allston but work in the South End so I can get just about anywhere. Could you also around for Edwardians? I appreciate it! Looking forward to the meetings.

    • Hi Diana,
      A belated welcome! Are you a card member of the Boston Public Library(BPL)? They have multiple copies but also three times the # of holds on Longbourn. There appear to a number of the books due in the next few weeks. Besides the BPL, my home library network (the mighty Minuteman Network) has multiple copies. Alas, most available copies are speed reads. No one on Facebook mentioned that they had purchased it. We abandoned reading The Edwardians, as most people were unable to obtain a copy. My review, such as it is, will appear in my weekly post Saturday or Sunday or some other time. We are instead reading Lady Vernon and Her Daughter by Jane Rubino and Caitlan Rubino-Bradway. Cheers!

      • P.S. The BPL has two available copies of Lady Vernon and Her Daughter. -Kirk

      • Hi Kirk,
        Thank you so much for your note. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone! I am a member at BPL, and I have to say the central location is one of my favorite buildings in Boston. I have both the Jo Baker book and Jane Rubino on hold. See you at the meeting,

  3. Happy reading Diana! If “Longbourn” doesn’t arrive in a timely manner, I can try to obtain one of the speed reads via the Minuteman Network(I’ve read Longbourn). Yes, the BPL is wonderful! I always feel guilty about not going over there to obtain books. (TMI warning) I use the North End branch, as my GF lives within walking distance. They have a good selection of Jane Austen books that circulate and some great one’s that don’t circulate(such as Brian Southam’s “Jane Austen and the Navy). Although I haven’t seen it, they also have one of Jane Austen letters(tried awhile to organize a group to see it, I think it’s only available M-F 9-5). Cheers!


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