Oh dear!!!

So I am reading a book called Longbourne by Jo Baker. Basically P and P from the servants’ point of view.

And I have to take it back to the library tomorrow! I can’t renew it! I have about two hours to read the whole god damn thing because there are so many reservations. HELP

If I manage to do this, I don’t know what will happen. 

Wish me luck, I’ll need it. 

part i // most ardently

A modern day Pride & Prejudice uni AU featuring meddling mothers, pretentious prats and the girl just trying to get through it all unscathed.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Mrs. Cassandra Bennet has always been a little bit mental.

To be fair, her apparent mental instability wasn’t an entirely unreasonable state to be in. Ever since her father died and she inherited The Longbourn Legacy, the newspaper her family had owned for generations, all of her efforts went to making sure it didn’t go under like countless small town newspapers had in the past. The task of keeping the newspaper afloat was so consuming that she often drove her husband and three daughters insane with her constant worrying.

Today was one of those days.

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“Charlotte’s kindness extended farther than Elizabeth had any conception of; its object was nothing else than to secure her from any return of Mr. Collins’s addresses, by engaging them towards herself. ….it led him to escape out of Longbourn House the next morning with admirable slyness, and hasten to Lucas Lodge to throw himself at her feet.” Pride and Prejudice, Ch 22 

Review of Longbourn by Jo Baker

A telling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from the servants Hall, Jo Baker’s Longbourn is an intriguing new take on a well known classic.

Longbourn is the home of the Bennett family and the setting of this novel. Mr and Mrs Hill, the housekeeper and butler, have helped to raise Sarah the maid who they took from the workhouse as a child. Another young servant comes to work at Longbourne and after a fraught beginning the two fall in love but it is only a matter of time before James’s dark past means he is forced to leave again.

Longbourn can be easily divided into two sections, first where the lives of those above stairs rule the plot and the second, longer section which becomes a story in it’s own right. Baker deals well with keeping the upstairs characters as readers of Pride and Prejudice would expect them to be. There are also new and interesting character developments occurring such as Wickham who appears to wish to ruin James and the other maid Polly simply for the pleasure of it.

However, other characters such as Mr Bennett and Mr Hill change beyond all recognition for what seems to be only to produce a twist or a shock in the reader.

Jo’s prose style feels natural and she easily takes you with her to the house and grounds. She quickly establishes a warm friendliness between characters, particularly Sarah, Mrs Hill and Polly which pulls the reader in as well. These women have formed their own family downstairs and are protectively fond of each other.

The relationship between Sarah and James is touching and beautifully mirrors the fraught relations between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy upstairs. Baker frequently illustrates that the temptations are just the same upstairs as down and that they are all as equally likely to succumb to them.

Longbourn is full of twists and turns, some of them fairly obvious and some more inventive but it does not disappoint. It is just as good a read whether you already know the characters or not. It compliments Austen’s work and it is also a well written novel in it’s own right.

On a personal note I am thrilled to see Jo getting such recognition and praise for her writing as she has been for Longbourne because she was one of my creative writing tutors at Lancaster University and a thoroughly nice and talented lady.


If Elizabeth had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.”

This is a line from the opening chapter of this wonderful book.It’s based on the plot of the much loved Pride and Prejudice, but it’s told from the viewpoint of the servants at Longbourn. Mrs Hill is a minor character in the original Austen novel, but here her role is amplified and her personality enlivened. Sarah and the other servants are newly created characters .Many of the events in P and P are revisited, but seen from another, perspective, the reader may feel a little differently towards beloved characters. Lizzie Bennett has traditionally been portrayed as daring and courageous for tramping over to Netherfield on foot, but it was a servant like Sarah ,plagued by fatigue and chilblains , who got up at 4.30 on a chilly morning to start scrubbing the muddy skirts.

Jo Baker delightfully sprinkles the book with tantalizing little sideshows,all fictitious, yet very plausible.  Mr Collins is shown deep in thought prior to asking Lizzie to marry him……so perhaps he wasn’t such a buffoon after all.  Poor plain Mary Bennett has real feelings and a sensitive side.  You may have to re-evaluate your opinion of Mr Bennett, and huge sympathy is reserved for his wife .Life’s experiences have made her the hysterical creature  she is. 

For anyone who loves P and P, this is a must read.I’m sure there are many of you out there,  lizzys-sylvia66 and purple-daisies-love have you heard of this?

It’s also in pre-production to be made into a movie. I’ve been keeping an eye out, but there’s no casting news yet that I am aware of.

I just think that the whole thing was stroke of genius . When you consider all the adaptations which have already been done, it’s amazing that this took 200 years to happen.

Photos; Keira  Knightly ,Pride and Prejudice 2005 (middle)

             Jennifer Ehle, Pride and Prejudice   1995 ( bottom photo)

anonymous asked:

Do you, or any of your followers, know the Pride and Prejudice fanfiction were Elizabeth is abused by her husband (her father forces the match)? I'm not sure if I can't find it or if it was taken down for publication. It starts with her at Longbourn while her husband is away (then the Netherfield party shows up) and ends with her recovering at Pemberley after her husband nearly kills her (he is then killed by someone). She also has a friend who has a son who is Lizzie's husband's.

I do not but this sounds like a great read! Anybody know???

guys what are you reading? (yes you, even if you’re in a tag or have never talked to me.)

i want to buy a book but for some reason i’m having trouble finding something. any suggestions for nice reads? (maybe kinda popular/newish things that you’d find at a lot of bookstores atm, the english section is not the biggest so they probably won’t have really obscure things but can always try).

i’m reading Longbourn by Jo Baker atm, read The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson before that.

What are you reading/would you suggest to read?

Jane Austen - Orgoglio e Pregiudizio

Quando Charles Bingley, un ricco scapolo, e un amico, il misterioso Darcy, vanno ad abitare a Longbourne nell'Hertfordshire vicino alla famiglia Bennet, composta da ben cinque figlie in età da marito, la quiete che regna in questo angolo di campagna inglese viene subito a mancare. Una storia d'amore, provocazioni, prevaricazioni e un happy end che non smette di affascinare. Pubblicato anonimo nel 1813 dopo essere stato rifiutato da un editore, il romanzo più noto della Austen è diventato un classico dell’ “educazione sentimentale” occidentale. Con la sua tipica, sottile ironia e sostenuta da una prosa sempre elegante, la Austen indaga i meccanismi psicologici e sociali alla base di ogni relazione: ragione e sentimento, valori psicologici e sociali si scontrano nel mondo tanto chiuso quanto complesso della scrittrice e diventano il motore narrativo di storie e personaggi indimenticabili.


pdf -  http://j.gs/6401542/orgogliopdf

1. Lizzie

2. Brown

3. Brown

4. I have four sisters

5. Purple

6. God, I don’t know…. I visited Knox College a few days ago, can I say there? Otherwise I’ll say Chicago. 

7. Currently it’s Taron Egerton haha 

8. Ummm idk…. dogs. Any dog. Except tiny little yappy dogs like chihuahuas.

9. Big Girls Cry by Sia…. either that or Homewrecker by Marina and the Diamonds. 

10. Omigosh I can’t choose…. um I just finished Longbourn by Jo Baker and loved it, soooo

Ugh I never know who to tag in these things, and it definitely won’t be 20… 221bbarricade, the-bastard-jon-snow, sorrybadhandwriting, futurecollegiate, wordspinning, captahook, learningtowritelife, sherlocks-hair-ruffle um yeah thats all sorry

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

I first read Pride and Prejudice many years ago when the romance of the story truly left a tingle in my soul. It was written by Jane Austen who was born in Stevenage, England, UK on 16 December 1775 and dies early in the 19th century in Winchester on 18 July 1817.  Pride and Prejudice is basically a book of manners, first published in 1813.

It begins with the news that a wealthy young gentleman…

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