Reviews

  • "Inspired...Baker has written an intoxicating love story but, also like Austen, the pleasure of her novel lies in its wit and fierce intelligence. Longbourn is a profound exploration of injustice, of poverty and dependence, of loyalty...a novel that contrives both to provoke the intellect and, ultimately, to stop the heart"

    Guardian
  • "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."

    Guardian
  • "ONES TO WATCH Just enough Darcy to delight, as well as being a fascinating insight into the harsh working conditions of life in a grand house 200 years ago"

    Good Housekeeping
  • "Debut novelist Jo Baker takes the reader on a journey back to a version of Regency England that is as much about poverty and war as social comedy and romance"

    Metro
  • "This clever glimpse of Austen’s universe clouded by washday steam is so compelling it leaves you wanting to read the next chapter in the lives below stairs"

    Daily Express
  • "GREAT READS: Pride and Prejudice reimagined as a mysterious manservant stirs up passions in the Bennet household both upstairs and down"

    Woman and Home
  • "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 much-loved Pride and Prejudice is shaken up and given the grit that Jane Austen could never include - with great success"

    Evening Standard
  • "A novelist with a gift for intimate and atmospheric storytelling"

    Financial Times
  • "Superb... The lightest of touches by a highly accomplished young writer"

    Mail on Sunday