Oct 11, 2013
Jo Baker has finally written the book we wanted but didn’t even know it: LONGBOURN, a reimagining of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Unlike the original, Baker’s version is told from the perspective of Sarah, an orphaned housemaid working in the Bennet household, Longbourn. 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. In this interview, Baker opens up about the inspiration behind her unique take on PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, as well as the obstacles she had to deal with in rewriting a beloved classic. She also imagines what it would be like to meet Austen in person --- although she’s reluctant to think about how the revered writer would react to Baker’s take on her masterpiece.