A Pride and Prejudice Version You've Never Heard Before!
by Random House Australia on 18 February 2013
Random House announces it will publish, LONGBOURN, a retelling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE from the servants’ point of view.
Marianne Velmans, Publishing Director at Doubleday, says: ‘PRIDE AND PREJUDICE from the servants’ point of view was an irresistible pitch. Then I raced through the whole novel in one sitting, as Jo Baker has taken the idea and written a beautiful, stylish, moving and totally compelling novel which, while following Austen’s timeline, presents a completely original love story against the harsh backdrop of working people’s lives in Regency England.’
"Jane Austen was my first experience of grown-up literature," Baker says. "But as I read and re-read her books, I began to become aware that if I'd been living at the time, I wouldn't have got to go to the ball; I would have been stuck at home with the sewing. Just a few generations back, my family were in service. Aware of that English class thing, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE begins to read a little differently.”
2013 is the bicentennial anniversary of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and LONGBOURN will be published this August.